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In the Amur River appeared a strawberry hectare
Hectare: how to grow strawberries on the Amur land
Entrepreneur Roman Kovalenko, by his example, is ready to prove that with proper attention it is possible to grow southern berries in difficult climatic conditions.
Roman Kovalenko decided to occupy a new niche in the market and began to lead a unique business for the Amur Region - growing strawberries. Starting investments, according to the entrepreneur, paid off during the first season. He is now engaged in growing several varieties of strawberries and plans to harvest from the end of June to mid-autumn. So far, the berry grows only on one hectare. The plans from next year to master three, decorated for his wife and children.
Six years ago, when Roman Kovalenko decided to take up the berry business, this idea was perceived in the region with great bewilderment. But he managed to prove that with the right care it is quite possible to collect a good harvest. A novice farmer searched for the necessary information on the Internet and made contacts with experts from other parts of Russia on the Web. The platform for the test of knowledge has become its own garden. The experience was successful, and soon the Kovalenko family even refused to plant potatoes - strawberries took its place. Buyers quickly tasted the Amur berry, and began to come from the whole region. Despite the high price compared to Chinese strawberries, the goods were literally swept from the counter. The Far Eastern Hectare program started at the very moment when Roman realized that he was ready to expand his business. He carefully chose the site - with fertile land, close to the river, spacious, 15 km from the city. I chose the land in Svobodnensky district. Together with his wife, children and his assistant, he planted thousands of seedlings on one of four hectares of 10. The work was carried out manually, from morning to late evening for one and a half weeks. According to Kovalenko’s calculations, this season will bring a whole ton of strawberries.
"In some varieties the weight of a single fruit can reach 40-60 grams, my strawberry is sweet, aromatic and does not stuff anything," the farmer points out.
The entrepreneur buys quality seedlings of Dutch breeding. The berries are harvested every two days, and next year, according to plan, the transition to a daily routine.
For irrigation already now takes more than 400 liters of water per day. In the future, the businessman expects to buy industrial greenhouses to get an ultra-early harvest: the berry will be on the market in June. Roman Kovalenko hopes that in the future, the fruits of his labor will be supplied and beyond the Amur region, to neighboring regions. The farmer is also confident that his strawberry lands can be an interesting and unusual way to spend leisure time.
"In the future, I want to organize self-gathering. When the bushes are red, I will invite everyone to the garden. People will be able to come by families - they pay for the entrance and let them gather the berry and immediately eat it, and also take it with them. At the output will pay the cost of the collected berries - and that's all, "- said Roman Kovalenko.
In a few years, he intends to grow berries on all four hectares, not only strawberries, but also raspberries and other crops. Kovalenko admits that he would gladly take additional plots for development.
Published in the brochure "Far Eastern hectare: first results"