The Minister of Agriculture evaluated how the vegetables will be grown in Kietaviškės greenhouses during winter

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The Minister of Agriculture evaluated how the vegetables will be grown in Kietaviškės greenhouses during winter

The Minister of Agriculture of Lithuania, Virginija Baltraitienė, visited the largest greenhouse complex in Lithuania – Kietaviškių gausa. The company is currently undergoing a reconstruction, after which it will be able to offer fresh Lithuanian vegetables all year round. The modernization is one of the first of its kind in the Baltic States.

The innovations applied in the company will allow to plant and harvest vegetables several times a year, which means that fresh Lithuanian produce will be accessible even in winter.

„We need Lithuanian grown vegetables. Until now, a large part of produce has been imported from abroad, and we barely eat our own. The status quo must change.“, says the Minister of Agriculture.

Baltraitienė congratulates the modernization initiative, and says that the Ministry will definitely support development of the greenhouse sector in Lithuania.

„People of Lithuania are becoming more aware, and they understand the value of locally grown produce. We offer our people natural and fresh vegetables, harvested and delivered to supermarket shelves on the same day, and consequently – straight to the homes of consumers. We want and feel the need to help our people adjust their consumption habits and shift towards Lithuanian grown produce“ – says Mr Mindaugas Pupienis, CEO of Kietaviškių gausa.

After the reconstruction, Kietaviškių gausa will have 10 new modern greenhouses, and the company already uses 10 greenhouses that are currently in place. The produce is grown over 12 hectares of land, which, after reconstruction will become 20 hectares. While visiting the construction site near the city of Elektrėnai, the Minister also met with members of the Lithuanian Greenhouses Association and discussed the prospects of the sector in the country and how to encourage consumers to shift towards locally grown produce.