Russia: Even in the world's biggest country, vertical farming has benefits to offer

If there’s one thing Russia is not short of, it’s land. The world’s largest country is one of its least densely populated, and an agricultural powerhouse. However, despite the abundance of arable farmland, some see the country as ripe for the introduction of new agricultural technology in the form of vertical farming — indoor industrial greenhouses that are heavy on technology, light on physical space, and located close to cities and consumers.

While Russia excels at producing grains and other robust vegetables like potatoes, pumpkins, and turnips, it struggles to grow more delicate products like salad leaves and fresh greens. “In Russia, up to 80% of some of these products are imported. It’s a huge problem — for the whole world — to be reliant on imports. The pandemic really brought this situation to light, especially with all the delivery delays and description to supply chains," said Maya Gorodova, commercial director at iFarm 

Vertical farms are designed to solve this problem. Essentially hi-tech, industrial-scale greenhouses, they rely on combining technology with agro-expertise to create and maintain perfect indoor growing conditions — controlling everything from air temperature and humidity to nutrient mix and soil type to maximize yields and provide a predictable supply of product.  

“We have a lot of interest from cities in the North, even in the Arctic Circle, where there is a need for good, nutritious food, especially among people who work in oil production or mining,” Gorodova said.“Retailers say it can sometimes be like roulette. They can’t be sure that their deliveries will be on time, or that the quality of the products will always be up to scratch. Even if you’re ordering from the same supplier, delivery times can be different or the product quality can vary.” 

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