Investment in a modern greenhouse saves water and increases production capacity
Mr. Ramazon Khojaniyazov is a farmer with over 10 years of experience in cultivating various vegetables on his family farm in the Balkhi district with 5 other family members.
Mr. Khojaniyazov attended one of the GEFF Agri-advisory sessions at the GEFF Partner Financial Institution and learnt about the benefits of improving farming technologies. He decided to construct a modern greenhouse for tomatoes and lemons and applied to one of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) partner banks for a GEFF loan.
The expected reduction in water consumption for about 660 m3 per year, that’s equivalent to saving the amount of water required to have around 6,600 baths.
Due to the high demand for tomatoes in early spring, Mr. Khojaniyazov sells 75-100 kg of imported variety “Magnitka” tomatoes packed in the boxes to local dealers on a weekly basis. As the greenhouses can function all year round, tomatoes can be harvested in spring and cucumbers in autumn. The second greenhouse is used for lemons. Over 750 planted seedlings will start producing lemons. He can reach approximately 50% increase in net income as a result of the investment.
The European Union investment incentive of 20% is available, which makes the financing more accessible to farmers.
“I had the opportunity to consult with the GEFF Agri-advisory expert on modern technologies for growing and processing crops, which helped me understand key technical specifications of greenhouses. If we won’t develop and improve technologies, we’ll fall behind,” remarked Mr. Ramazon Khojaniyazov.
GEFF Tajikistan [Agricultural Value Chains] helps Tajik farmers and agribusinesses adopt technology solutions that can enhance competitiveness of the agricultural value chains.