The investments amounted to 673,500 Euro. The project is planned to be completed in 2022.
The entrepreneur, Mr. Vadim Rogachev has long been engaged in wholesale deliveries of flowers from the Netherlands but last year took a decision to engage in growing them himself. The delivery volume is about 80 million tulip bulbs a year.
Having such resources and experience in the sphere the entrepreneur dared to start local production. Having had a personal meeting with the local governor, Mr. Aleksey Ostrovskiy, and having received the assurance in his support, Mr. Rogachev decided to build own greenhouse complex.
According to the plan, the new greenhouses should be constructed gradually within four years. At the moment, a technical building has already been constructed as well as two tunnel greenhouses of 1000 square meters, where 12 varieties of Dutch tulips are grown.
The greenhouses have been produced locally; they are covered with double-layered anti-drop plastic film. November to March they grow tulips, August to December it is planned to pick berries and greenery and in between to conduct disinfection and prepare the soil.
The entrepreneur has completed the first phase of the project. In addition to that, Mr. Rogachev has purchased a land plot of 6 ha and has carried out construction of the road to the land plot.
The entrepreneur got support in all communications construction and in installing own refrigerator warehouse. In December of the past year, they planted 200 thousand tulip bulbs and have picked the first crops by Valentine’s Day.
Mr. Rogachev admitted that it is not that the project is not that easy, the soil needs to be well-prepared and a proper temperature regime should be arranged. “A 11-15 degrees change in temperature influences the growth process and so does a high humidity level, that creates favorable conditions for flower fungal diseases, therefore we need to make sure that the greenhouses are constantly aired”, remarked the entrepreneur, having underlined that the tulip growing technologies are still in test mode in Smolensk. “Ideally we should have tested the technology, take into account all the mistakes and only then start production”.
This year the investor wants to start working on the second phase of the project and construct the administrative building of 1400 square meters as well as another greenhouse block of 1000 square meters.
The greenhouse complex capacity will comprise 1 million pieces a year. They have also planted a few thujas in the test mode and are planning to grow lilies.