Russian market of hothouse vegetables keeps growing
Summing up the data from the Russian Ministry of Agriculture, it is clear that sheltered production of vegetables continues to develop thanks to the introduction of new hothouses and modernisation of the old ones, along with the implementation of modern agricultural technologies. Most of the projects are located in the central and southern parts of the country: some 600 and 200 ha respectively are to be introduced by 2020.
Cucumber production has grown by 40% since 2013, while imports have fallen by 55%. Thus, the share of domestic production has grown from 65 to 85%, and cucumber sales have not decreased. As for tomatoes, consumption has dropped by over 30% since 2013.
Total sheltered production of vegetables has grown by 25% in 2016 compared to 2015.