The son of the governor of the Sakhalin region wants to grow vegetables

Investments in cucumbers and tomatoes can exceed 7 billion rubles.
A company from Vladivostok "NK-lotus" will build a greenhouse complex on the territory of Mikhailovskiy's advanced development, Primorsky Krai, the press service of the Ministry of Regional Development said. A 100% stake in the company belongs to Nikita Olegovich Kozhemyako. His name and TIN coincide with the name and TIN Nikita Kozhemyako, the president of the non-profit organization "DV Aquaculture Association", and he is the son of the governor of the Sakhalin region Oleg Kozhemyako. This is the son of the governor, says his acquaintance. Sam owner of NC Lotus Nikita Kozhemyako confirmed plans to build a greenhouse complex, but did not discuss family ties with the governor of Sakhalin.

Prior to joining politics, Oleg Kozhemyako was an entrepreneur, his main business was one of the largest fishing enterprises in the Far East - the Transfiguration Base of the Trawl Fleet (PBTF), in which the structure he created became the main shareholder in 1997, and a year later Kozhemyako Sr. headed the Board of Directors of PBTF.

In the early 2000s, Oleg Kozhemyako went into politics and in 2005 became head of the Koryaksky Autonomous Okrug administration. In this position, he worked until 2007, and in 2008-2015. was governor of the Amur region. In 2015, Oleg Kozhemyako was elected governor of the Sakhalin region. The family of the politician is now engaged in the business of the PBT, in particular, Nikita Kozhemyako is on the board of directors of the fishing company and owns 0.95% of its shares, according to the list of affiliated persons of the PBT as of March 31.

Kozhemyako, junior in different years, engaged in a variety of businesses. For example, his alcoholic company produced beer, cognac, vodka, including the brand "Nikita Kozhemyako." He also organized a network of pizzerias, a cafe, a restaurant, etc.

Kozhemyako Sr. already mentioned his son's new business in Primorye, but he did not provide any details, the Vladivostok newspaper Zolotoy Rog wrote. The governor hoped that his son was not going to engage in politics.

"NC Lotus" will build a complex for growing 28 000 tons of vegetables a year, it will be mainly tomatoes, cucumbers and salad. The area of ​​greenhouses will be approximately 30 hectares, Kozhemyako, Jr. informed Vedomosti. The construction company plans to start in July. Now there are negotiations with suppliers of equipment, commercial offers with technical characteristics of building structures are received, the words of the general director of NK-lotus Arthur Shulzhitsky are cited in the message of the Ministry of Territorial Development.

The size of the investment and the source of funding Kozhemyako, Jr. did not name: commercial secret. Investments per hectare in the Far East are higher than in the European part of Russia, because of the need to additionally cover the greenhouses and amount to 250-280 million rubles., Says the president of the National Fruit and Vegetable Union Sergey Korolyov, that is, for 30 hectares, a 7.5- 8 billion rubles.

The goal of the project is to provide the Far East with quality products, says Kozhemyako, Jr .: the region lacks vegetables, mainly the local market is provided by Chinese producers.

Indeed, in the Far East - the deficit of own vegetables, about 80% of the products are shipped from China, Korolev agrees. It is relatively cheap, at a price it is difficult to compete with, the expert complains. Own greenhouse vegetables in the Far East produced 18,500 tons per year, or 2% of production in the country, said the CEO of the company "Growth Technologies" Tamara Reshetnikova.

Greenhouses from 2014, when the government imposed an embargo on the import of fruits and vegetables from Western countries, have become one of the most promising areas of investment, Korolev notes. Investors are attracted by state support - compensation of 20% of capital expenditures and preferential loans at a rate of up to 5%.

Already achieved some success in import substitution: more than 80% (or about 614 000 tons) of cucumbers in the country - Russian, says Reshetnikova. But the share of imported tomatoes is still high - more than 60% (or 516 000 tons), she concludes.