Cucumbers from the ROC
On Friday a press-service of the Complex urban policy and construction of Moscow region announced the start of construction of the second phase of the greenhouse complex for growing vegetables in the Kashira district of Moscow region. The complex builds the company “Agriculture Groups”.
Extracts from the register should be that of “agro-culture Group” was registered in October 2014. 50% of this company belongs to the company “Relight-agro”, another 50% to the General Director of LLC “agro-culture Groups” Vladimir Chernyshov. Principal owner (95%) “Peresvet-agro” Bank “Peresvet”, which is the largest shareholder, with a share of 49.7 per cent, is the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC). Another 5% of “Peresvet-agro”, LLC “Capital city”, 90% of which, in turn, belongs to the former member of the Board of Directors “Russian sea” Vladislav Glinberg. Glinberg confirmed to the correspondent that is really involved in the greenhouse project.
Blackburn confirmed that the company implements the project in cooperation with “Peresvet-agro”. According to him, an investor from the company appeared in mid-2015: “the situation was difficult and they were at the right time in the right place”. According to SPARK, the main activity of “Peresvet-agro” is advising on commercial activity and management. The General Director of “Relight-agro” Natalia Volkova refused to comment. In the Department’s relationship with the ROC society and media correspondent invited to ask questions to the Bank “Peresvet”, but the Bank press service had not responded to the request .
November 9, 2015 on the website of the Moscow diocese of the ROC was reported that the Dean of the churches of Kashira district of the priest Valery Soskovets was consecrated greenhouse complex LLC “agro-culture Groups” and made a prayer before the beginning of sowing of seeds. The prayer service was attended by company executives, as well as the head of administration of Kashirsky area Alexey Spassky and his deputies.
The investor from the ROC
As previously reported , Moscow “Peresvet” is the main Bank for the ROC. In its accounts as of December 1, 2015, and there were funds of enterprises and organizations (85.8 billion rubles) and individuals (20.2 billion rubles). The Bank’s assets on 1 January amounted to 186 billion rubles, of which more than half of loans to companies, the Bank’s profit is 2.5 billion rubles On accounts of non-profit organizations more than 3.2 billion rubles, follows from the reporting “Peresvet”. Financial and economic management of the ROC owns 36.5% of the Bank, another 13.2% — owned by the ROC of the company “Assistance”.
“Peresvet” invests in innovative projects across the company “Sberinvest”, in which the Bank owns 18.8 per cent. Financing innovation equity: 50% money give investors “Sberinvest” (including “Peresvet”), 50% state corporations and funds. Funds for the projects co-financed by the “Sberinvest”, found in the Russian venture company, SKOLKOVO Fund and state Corporation “RUSNANO”.
The project of construction of the greenhouse complex will be implemented in four stages, at full power he would be out until 2018, according to a press release from the Complex urban policy and construction of Moscow region. At the end of 2015, “Agriculture Group” completed the construction of the first phase of the complex area of 9.5 hectares and a capacity of 8.7 thousand tons of cucumbers a year. In early 2016 the company started construction of the second phase — an area of about 12.5 hectares, is designed to produce 10 tonnes of tomatoes and cucumbers every year. After commissioning, all four queues area of the greenhouse complex consists of 76 hectares, production — 74 tons of vegetables a year. On the website LLC “agro-culture Group” indicated that the main crops for the project are cucumber, tomato, pepper, radish.
“This is a very solid performance. After you run all the phases of the plant can provide up to 15% of the market of Moscow and the Moscow region, is given in the message words of the Deputy Chairman of Moscow region government Hermann Alenushkina. — Thus, this makes it one of the largest greenhouses in the entire territory of Central Russia”.
On the second stage attracted nearly 3 billion rubles of private investments, funds of the regional or Federal budgets were not involved, States in a press release. Blackburn confirmed the information of the Complex urban policy and construction of Moscow region, but did not specify the total investment in the construction of all four queues of the greenhouse complex. Glinberg reported that the average investment in greenhouse projects should be evaluated based on costs in 200-250 million rbl. for hectare. Thus, the entire project (four phases) can cost from 15 to 19 billion rubles.
Chernyshev also said that now the company sells its products through wholesale suppliers, but since the end of March plans to begin shipping to retailers: “Now we are working on quality standards and regulations within the company, so that we were sure of the volumes, consistency of work,” he says.
The CEO of the Institute for agricultural market studies Dmitry Rylko said that, leaving the production to 74 tons, the company will become one of Russia’s largest producers of vegetables.
According to Rosstat, the average wholesale price for a ton of cucumbers in 2015 in the Moscow region amounted to 59,1 thousand rbl. on the Basis of the average rates, revenue from the sale of 8.7 thousand tons of cucumbers (the capacity of the first stage) may be about 514,6 million rubles.
With resort in the greenhouse
CEO and co-owner of LLC “agro-culture Groups” Vladimir Chernyshov in 2007-2014, he was the General Director of open company “Ozone”, the Manager of a ski resort “Igora”, follows from the SPARC database. The bassist confirmed that he formerly headed this company.
The resort “Igora” is located in 50 km from St. Petersburg, is co-owned by Yuri Kovalchuk, considered a longtime friend of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin: 75% “Ozone” is owned by the Cyprus offshore Lowbrok Trading Limited LLC, and 25% — open company “Arkon”, which is 99.9% owned LLC “Prime”. The latter, in turn, belongs to NP “PPI” and its founders is Yury Kovalchuk and his son Boris. In December 2015, the Agency Reuters reported that the alleged daughter of Putin, head of the research Fund “Inpractice” Katerina Tikhonova, a businessman and Kirill Shamalov got married in February 2013 in the ski resort “Igora”.
According to the report of the National Union of vegetable producers, in 2015 in Russia were collected 682 thousand tons (+6.6% by 2014) of vegetables in greenhouses. Cucumber is the most popular culture, providing 73% of this volume. In recent time, businessmen are actively investing in greenhouse business, says Rylko: investments in the development of greenhouses become profitable after the ban on the importation of products from countries, placed under Russian kontrsanktsii.
So, in December 2015 GK Rusagro, one of the largest sugar producers in Russia, announced plans for the development of new business areas for growing vegetables (cucumbers, tomatoes and salads) in greenhouses, reported the newspaper “Vedomosti”. The company will build in one of the regions of Central Russia the complex area of 300 hectares, which could become one of Russia’s largest, covering 20% of the country’s needs in greenhouses. Investment in the project is 36 billion rubles, informed the General Director “Rusagro” Maxim Basov. In mid-January 2016, it has been reported that the structure AFK “System” has bought the largest in Russia greenhouse complex “southern”. Now, according to the criminal code “Factory of vegetables”, “South”, producing 43 thousand tons of vegetables a year, is the largest greenhouse complex in Russia. Second place — enterprise “Moscow” with a production volume of 29 thousand tons and located in Tatarstan plant “may” (26 kt). Since 2012 in the construction of greenhouses in Russia allocated about 80 billion rubles, with the bulk of these investments was allocated for 2014-2015, says the President of the National Union of vegetable producers Sergei Korolev.
By Denis Puzyreva, Svetlana Reiter