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47 species of Japanese salad crops will be developed in Khabarovsk region
In the Government of the Khabarovsk Territory, an agreement was signed between Agrarian Technologies of the Future LLC and the Japanese company Mirai. The corresponding agreements were reached at the 6th Russian-Japanese Investment Forum on March 19, 2014. The agreement provides
To implement the project, the Russian side established LLC Agrarian Technologies of the Future. The enterprise is registered in Khabarovsk. The construction of the plant will be carried out in the Industrial area of the regional capital. The investment amount is about $ 8 million. Production will start in September 2015.
Earlier, the Russian and Japanese sides had already signed and are operating a number of agreements and contracts related to the project, providing for the stability of prices for components and spare parts, seed material for the cultivation of salad crops. An agreement on the provision of consulting services was also signed, providing for Japanese specialists to accompany the process of designing the plant’s construction, installing the plant start-up and adjustment
A feature of the project is the use of hydroponic technologies for growing crops in closed areas and the use of high-tech systems to ensure production processes. The company prohibits the use of genetically modified materials and chemical methods of pest control.
As the Minister of Agriculture and Food of the region Aleksandr Yats emphasized, there are already three enterprises engaged in the cultivation of salad crops in the region. Moreover, the Government of the region received several proposals at once to create similar industries. In the next 2-3 years in the region, in addition to the project of LLC Agrarian Technologies of the Future, capacities for growing salad crops will be created with the participation of both foreign and Russian companies.
“There are quite a few serious applications to enter this market, with the prospect of growing not only salads, but also vegetables and flowers. While this is a fairly free niche in the region, the region provides itself with greenery by about 10%. But this figure can actually be increased to 60%. In the coming years, competition in this segment will grow. This will undoubtedly improve quality and lower prices. The regional government is ready to provide support to investors who invest in agricultural production, ”said Alexander Yats.