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A family from the village of Novoselitskoye has built a greenhouse where they grow tulips, strawberries, and greens, successfully selling all their products in the Stavropol region. They were able to start their own business with the help of government support in the form of social contracts. The Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of the region oversees the implementation of this measure, which is financed by the regional budget.
Thanks to the social contract program, the Ionin family was able to open their greenhouse business. They started selling flowers for International Women’s Day eight years ago, but were not always satisfied with the quality of the flowers they purchased from suppliers. This led them to the idea of growing tulips themselves. With the 250,000 rubles they received from the social contract, the Ionins built a greenhouse, bought a refrigeration unit to cool the bulbs before planting, and purchased infrared heaters and a water tank. This year, they grew 3,000 tulips in the greenhouse, selling 600 of them wholesale for the first time. The Ionins buy their seeds in Stavropol. After the tulip season, they grow greens in the greenhouse, including parsley, onions, dill, lettuce, and arugula. They also sell fresh greens and seedlings to their fellow villagers.
The Ionins have also started growing strawberries. Most of the berries are currently grown in open ground, but they plan to use the greenhouse for this purpose as well. “Every time we will try to grow something new. Right now, we want to see how strawberries grow in the greenhouse. This berry is not so demanding, but the income from its production is higher,” shared Valentina Ionina.
The Ionin family’s success story demonstrates the benefits of social contracts for individuals who want to start their own agricultural business. With government support, they were able to turn their idea into a thriving enterprise, contributing to the local economy and providing fresh, locally-grown products to their community.