Patrick at eurovanilla.eu sent this fascinating history of indoor vanilla cultivation in the Ukraine.
In earlier days, beginning this last century, there was actually a local company who had indoor growing vanilla, using wood stoves air systems to warm in the winter. They did exist for quit long time, until somewhere in the 1970′s…In those times, they even developed special blankets for special made drying rooms, where they dried the vanilla.
…in the Ukraine [indoor vanilla cultivation] is not really something new, it is more like re-introduction…
About our project in the Ukraine, it works like this.
We are building possibilities on 10 Ha ground, where we do now Sunflower production, in the middle of Ukraine, for indoor climatized Vanilla breeding for local sale and sale to Russia, Georgia and Armenia.
Since last year the farm prices went a bit down and people keep buying the extract through Russia, the government does only import nowadays through Russia and not anymore directly through Madagascar, because simply to import Vanilla is just not profitable at the moment. There is not the right structure for this business on long term yet.
Now with a new government there are new chances. We are dealing in other products closer with higher government institutes and did find a partner, who can bring in the vines of vanilla plants, when our production houses are ready.
All of this will take quit some time to put up, but it will solve local problems in the vanilla trade and make this trade less depending on Russia.
In earlier days, beginning this last century, there was actually a local company, who had indoor growing vanilla, using wood stoves air systems, to warm in the winter. They did exist for quit long time, until somewhere in the 1970′s, but then they did close this business, because the last family owner died. In those times, they even developed special blankets for special made drying rooms, where they dried the vanilla.
So, as you see, in the Ukraine it is not really something new, it is more like re-introduction and the local interest, to get fair prices for good quality vanilla is there, for Ukraine has a lot of bakeries, chocolate and dairy industry for local market.
We guess all takes still max. 5 years until the first harvest to realise in practice and get all permits through, to be able to produce the vanilla and export it to neighbour countries. That so far is the story.
Patrick Persijn, Eurovanill LTD
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