Almond orchard from Vulcanesti to use unique equipment in Moldova
14:38 | 06.10.2021 Category: Regional
Chisinau, 6 October /MOLDPRES/ - A cooperative from south Moldova, made up of six producers of almonds, has purchased a unique equipment for harvesting in Moldova, due to which the harvest is gathered in a record period of time. The new technology was imported from France and the equipment was put into operation in an almond orchard from Vulcanesti, Gagauz autonomy.
Thanks to the harvesting machine based on vibrations, it is possible to harvest almonds on area of 10 hectares during only 10 hours. Thus, while earlier the harvesting could last as much as several months, from now on, the process will take about three weeks.
„The harvesting technology consists of three parts. It has two equipments for collection and a machine working based on vibrations. There are eight types of vibrations for the young trees, taller trees and quite large trees. There are different regimes of vibrations aimed at preserving the tree. We endevoured to buy efficient last generation equipment, so as to be able to compete with producers on the external market, as the domestic one is small,’’ the cooperative’s commercial director, Mariana Topciu, said.
Set up in 2019, the Almonds Company from Comrat brought together six producers of almonds, which together own 170 hectares of orchards situated in the districts of Anenii Noi, Basarabeasca, Nisporeni, Chisinau city, as well as the Autonomous Territorial Unit of Gagauzia. To optimize the work and become more competitive on the domestic and external markets, the producers ruled to invest in the new technologies.
The cooperative borrowed a loan of 410,000 euros within the project, Moldova’s Orchard, backed by the European Union, through the European Investment Bank. The producers benefited from consultancy and were, at the same time, exempted from the payment of the value added tax (VAT) and the taxes on the import of equipment. Sixty thousand euros partially covered the purchasing of the machine for harvesting based on vibrations. The rest of the loan allowed buying production equipment for peeling almonds (500 kg/hour), equipment for sorting almonds (800 kg/hour), as well as for making the flour. Willing to develop and extend the list of products they supply, the cooperative’s members are determined to join efforts for a better productivity.
The producers of the cooperative say that 80 per cent of the harvest gathered this year will be exported to such countries as Romania, Italy, Ukraine and Iraq. According to official data, there are over 20,000 hectares of orchards of nut-trees, peanuts and almonds in Moldova.
Since the launch of Moldova’s Orchard crediting line, over 280 investment projects have benefited from EU’s funds, provided through the European Investment Bank. Presently, there is a fond of about 60 million euros, which is to be made available to other beneficiaries within the project Moldova’s Orchard.