PAVLODAR – The launching of a new greenhouse complex in Pavlodar that is forecast to produce 1,600 tonnes of tomatoes per year, along with other vegetables, is expected to nearly meet the city’s vegetable demand and bring down prices in the regional market. The greenhouse’s establishing company Pavlodar has partnered with Dutch firm DALSEM Horticultural Projects B.V. to produce a greenhouse complex utilising the latest equipment that will withstand the test of time. In addition to equipment, DALSEM has provided supervision and an agronomist, who will organise the production of vegetables using hydraulic technology, which is unfamiliar to Pavlodar specialists. “[Approximately] 1.57 billion tenge were invested in the construction, and the construction completion was scheduled for 2013 but then postponed until spring 2015,” said Nikolai Dychko, head of the Department of Industrial and Innovative Development of the region. Dutch experts attribute the delays to delivery and custom clearance delays as well as the onset of winter. “The weather is windy and snowy. That strongly inhibits the workflow,” said Chief Installer Radzhikumar Brahatanik. Installers, however, hope to glaze the greenhouses in the next few days and complete the boiler room, which will allow the soil to be warmed to the desired temperature and seeds to be planted. Then the young plants will be moved to where industrial production of tomatoes will be conducted. According to forecasts of the factory workers, somewhere in the beginning of May, the commercial network will receive the first tomatoes. “We expect to produce an average of 12 tonnes of tomatoes a day. We will try to make the price lower by 30-40 percent compared to imported tomatoes,” said Baurzhan Ospanov, director of the Pavlodar greenhouse complex. The production of tomatoes and vegetables by the complex will benefit from the stand-alone heating of greenhouses, the complexes’ own wells for watering plants and the purchase of electricity directly from the thermal power plant, without intermediaries, which is cheaper.