A unique greenhouse complex built with the support of the FEDF opened in Yakutia

On May 14, the second stage of the year-round greenhouse complex, built with the support of the Far East Development Fund, was opened in Yakutia. The ceremony was attended by leaders of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), project initiators, representatives of development institutions, as well as the delegation of the Japanese company Hokkaido Corporation.

A unique project, which has no analogues in the world, was implemented in the Kangalassi PSEDA by Sayuri Company . The total value of the project is 1.7 billion rubles, of which 300 million rubles were invested by the FEDF. The world's only plant producing vegetables (lettuce, cucumbers, and tomatoes) in the permafrost was organized. In the greenhouse, a unique Japanese three-layer film is used, the light transmission of which is 94% (higher than that of glass). All microclimate systems in the greenhouse are automatic and controlled through a central computer; hydroponic irrigation system is also installed in the system. There are no greenhouses in the world able to withstand a temperature differential of 100 degrees: from minus 50 to plus 50.

According to the head of the enterprise Dmitry Zakharov, the use of modern constructions, energy-saving innovations, and agricultural technologies allows to obtain a heavy yield (about 1 thousand tons per year) and a constant profit. The area of the new greenhouse complex is 1.3 hectares. By 2020, another 10 greenhouse blocks with a total area of 2 hectares will be constructed. The total production capacity of agrocluster is 1.9 thousand tons of agricultural products per year, which allows covering the needs of the Yakutsk citizens in fresh vegetables and greens by 20%.

The project has high social importance and is aimed at the development of agriculture, and increasing the level of provision of people with high-quality local food products. “A major agricultural cluster has been created, which is capable of providing Yakutsk residents with fresh tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuce greens all year round. This is very important for the city of Yakutsk, in which vegetables have been imported from outside the region during eight months a year,” noted Aysen Nikolayev, the Head of the Sakha Republic.

This is the third agricultural project of the FEDF in the Far East. Investments in the development of the agricultural sector account for about 23% of the Fund's portfolio. “In Yakutia, the integrated and comprehensive support of the project from the regional and local authorities has become a crucial factor of success. The Republic has shown itself to be a region that treats investors with due care and fulfils its obligations. We intend to replicate the technological and financial innovations first applied here in new projects aimed at creating a network of modern greenhouse complexes both in other regions of the Far East and in the Arctic. Besides, we have accumulated practical experience in cooperation with Japanese partners. It will be helpful, including in the projects implemented with the participation of the Russian-Japanese platform created last year,” said Anatoly Bobrakov, Deputy General Director at the Far East Development Fund.

About the Far East Development Fund (FEDF)
The mission of the FEDF (member of VEB.RF Group), as a key specialized development institution in the Far Eastern Federal District and the Arctic, is the implementation of priority investment projects by providing long-term soft financing. Since 2015, the FEDF has invested 33.6 billion rubles in the Far East economy, including 10.8 billion rubles in 2018. The Fund has 14 current investment projects with a total volume of 215 billion rubles in infrastructure, agriculture and industry sectors. 42% of projects are implemented in the Advanced Special Economic Zones and in the Free Port of Vladivostok. In 2018, the Internet Service was launched for investors in aquaculture. It allows investors to form fishery zones remotely and take part in electronic auctions. By instruction of the Government of Russia, the FEDF is currently creating a similar system for digitalization of the forest industry.