Greenhouse vegetable production to increase by 7.6% in 2021
The Ministry of Agriculture of Russia projects that at least 1.45 million tons of vegetables will be grown in domestic winter greenhouses in 2021, a 7.6% increase compared to the previous year.
As of February 2, greenhouses produced 114.3 thousand tons of vegetables, which is 15.6% more than in 2020 (98.9 thousand tons). Cucumbers amounted to 75.3 thousand tons (+6.4%), and tomatoes totalled 37.3 thousand tons (+40.8%).
According to Mikhail Glushkov, director of the National Union of Fruit and Vegetable Producers, investments in greenhouse projects help to boost production. The greenhouses area has increased by more than a third in the past 4 years and reached a total of 2.8 thousand hectares in 2020, meanwhile, the production increased by 78%. Last year's production of vegetables in winter greenhouses grew by more than 18%, while imports fell by 15.2% to 558.9 thousand tons.