Plants are grown on mineral wool in the permafrost zone

Plants are grown on mineral wool

The third phase of the greenhouse complex will be built in Yakutia using the latest Japanese technologies.

The Sayuri company’s year-round greenhouse complex is located in the permafrost region but the plants growing on mineral wool with drip irrigation yield fresh vegetables regularly.

An experimental greenhouse with an area of 0.1 hectares was opened at Kangalassi advanced special economic zone in 2016. The representatives of Japan have partnered with the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) to implement the project.

Despite harsh climate and extremely low temperatures and using modern technologies they managed to have the harvest considered successful enough to expand business. In 2019 the second phase of the greenhouse complex having an area of 1.2 hectares was put into operation.

Since the beginning of the year, the greenhouses have grown about 100 tons of vegetables and greens using hydroponics on a mineral wool substrate. The next, third phase of the complex will spread over two hectares. It is scheduled to be completed in the first quarter of 2021.

Mineral wool substrate helps use water resources effectively and protects plants from soil pathogens and pests. Such substrates can be reused or recycled.

When using mineral wool to grow plants it is important to take into account the extent of root growth and water loss for various crops. Modern basalt agro-substrates facilitate monitoring and ensure conditions according to the request of agricultural specialists.

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