The project has drawn on technical expertise from the Netherlands, Israel and Turkey. Firtash said: "We have built one of the most advanced greenhouse enterprises in Europe. It’s very gratifying that best experts from different countries of the world came to this Ukrainian village to do a perfect job."
According to an DF Agro statement: "By and large, the Dutch and Israeli specialists perform comprehensive remote control of all stages of plant growing and picking."
Work began on the initial 10-hectare development in November. A further 30 hectares are expected to be in operation by next year.
The company has claimed it will cut Ukraine's reliance on imported peppers alone by 20 per cent. Azarov welcomed the development as "a genuine contribution to our independence and to the stability of our currency".