Dutch company develops greenhouse in Kazakhstan
Added on 19 December 2022
The Astana Times spoke with the CEO of FoodVentures, Dirk Aleven, to learn about the company’s projects in great demand worldwide.
The FoodVentures company has greenhouses with a total area of 10 hectares in the Aktobe Region, producing about 8,000 tons of vegetables per year. Following sustainable standards, heat and electricity are obtained from burning waste gas, providing the greenhouse with a negative CO2 footprint.
“Kazakhstan’s strategic location and enormous energy resources make the country a strong and important partner for us,” Aleven explained the company’s interest in the region. “FoodVentures operates high-tech greenhouses globally. The cost of tomatoes consists of almost 1/3 of the cost of energy and 1/3 cost of labor. Kazakhstan is, on the one hand, still importing vegetables, and on the other hand, flaring energy. That is unlogical. We thought it was more logical to transform that flare gas into energy/heating to power the greenhouse. The vegetables we can grow year-round in the greenhouses substitute imports and can even create exports. Plus, we create stable and safe year-round jobs.”
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