"One of the most advanced glasshouses in Europe" opens in Ukraine

The first phase of a 40-hectare glasshouse complex to boost the eastern European state's self-sefficiency in tomatoes, sweet peppers and cucumbers, has opened.

DF Agro glasshouse - image: Group DF
DF Agro glasshouse - image: Group DF
The complex, reportedly costing over €30 million, was opened on 25 September by Ukraine's prime minister Nikolai Azarov, accompanied by owner Dmitry Firtash, one of the country's most powerful industrialists. Named DF Agro, it is sited in Firtash's home village of Synkiv, near the western Ukrainian city of Ternopil.

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".

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