INNOVATIONS IN AGRICULTURE
Latest innovations and technological know-how are being widely introduced in Kazakhstan’s agriculture. A unique underground greenhouse was constructed in eastern Kazakhstan. Real tropical fruits are being cultivated at a depth of almost three meters under the ground despite harsh climate conditions and long winters in the region. Electrical engineer and teacher Lyudmila Zemlyanaya has been working with her family for eight years to grow the unique plants.
LYUDMILA ZEMLYANAYA, GREENHOUSE OWNER:
- I love my plants! Lemon, murraya – we grow various types of plants and fruits here and take care of them. We buy seeds or fruit trees, adapt them to our conditions and they grow!
According to Lyudmila Zemlyanaya, the effort and money she has invested pay off and literally bear fruits. Fruits grow big just in a few months. Here is a half-kilogram lemon. Shops just lack such fruits. School students from all over the region come on excursions to see the unusual fruits.
ANDREY BRAGINETS, SCHOOL STUDENT:
- I didn’t know there are so many types of ficuses – more than 800! I learnt more about cacti. There are big cacti, same height as trees.
ALISHER DYUSSUPOV, SCHOOL STUDENT:
- I found out that bananas and coffee are grown in our city. There are so many varieties of plants here. This place looks like it belongs in a fairy tale!
SVETLANA TINKOVA, TEACHER:
- School students were amazed. We study only the theory but here we had a chance to see real plants, see how bananas, lemons and pineapples grow.
At present, the greenhouse is also a laboratory. It is planned to use hydrogel in a greenhouse as part of university project. A few more greenhouses will be constructed in Almaty region by the end of the year. There are 80 greenhouses in the region at present. Almost 30,000 tons of vegetables are grown there. This modern greenhouse complex, with an area of 10 hectares, is located near Almaty. Europe’s advanced experience was harnessed to create such high tech vegetable and fruits production facilities. There are 7 hectares of planted tomatoes and the remaining 3 are for cucumbers. The complex produces nearly 6,500 tons of vegetables. In the recent years, the complex started exporting vegetables to Russia.
MYRZABEK BEKMUKHANOV, GREENHOUSE DEPUTY DIRECTOR:
- We sell the crops from October to July, at the winter time when there are fewer vegetables available. The demand grows quite high and we enter the market.hk