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07 March 2023, 13:44

PM on ways to increase greenhouse vegetable production in Belarus

MINSK, 7 March (BelTA) – Following a meeting to discuss the development of greenhouse production at DorORS company, Belarusian Prime Minister Roman Golovchenko talked to the media and revealed how many greenhouses need to be built to meet the domestic demand for vegetables in the off-season, BelTA has learned.

The meeting was convened to sum up interim results of the work to implement the instructions of the head of state to provide the country with greenhouse crops at affordable prices in an off-season. According to Roman Golovchenko, the problem of greenhouse vegetables availability in winter will be resolved within the next few years. To satisfy the demand for such products in the off-season period, a small number of additional greenhouses are needed, the prime minister emphasized. "We need to add about 23,000 tonnes of cucumbers and 30,000 tonnes of tomatoes in the off-season," he said.

The head of government asked to make an estimate and choose the farms for these projects. "Today we made a preliminary decision to build modern greenhouses with supplementary lighting for about 30 hectares. Thus we will meet the domestic demand for greenhouse vegetables in full," the head of government added.

Roman Golovchenko added that the country's greenhouse farms implement only economically profitable projects, and the government helps them to make projects economically profitable. "The main item in greenhouse farming is energy (natural gas and electricity). The government can take certain measures to reduce costs for producers," the prime minister said.

According to the prime minister, tariffs for natural gas for greenhouses are lower than for industrial consumers. "The system is tailored to make every additional kWh cheaper for the consumer. It is also a mechanism for stimulating electricity consumption. Thus we encourage manufacturers to build more capacities to be able to benefit from the economy of scale," he said.

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