Mitrovac complex - an investment worth HRK 220m
Mar 02, 2015
Successful agricultural production and development of renewable energy sources
Early this year one of Agrokor's greatest investment projects in the local agriculture worth HRK 220m was completed. In particular, it is a Belje business complex at the location of Mitrovac in Baranya, which was visited today by Mr. Ivan Vrdoljak, Minister of Economy.
The Mitrovac complex is a successful synergy example between advanced livestock production, renewable energy sources and vegetable production, consisting of a dairy cow farm with 2,000 cows, a 2 MW biogas power station run by Agrokor energija and a greenhouse for growing grappolo tomatoes on an area of 4.5 h.
The Mitrovac farm is Croatia's biggest dairy cow farm with a capacity of 2,000 cows. The annual production of milk on the farm exceeds 15 million liters, with a production per cow of almost 9,500 liters of milk annually. The farm consists of 7 new, state-of-the-art facilities boasting airy, ventilated premises, high ceilings, free movement of the animals and maximum care of their welfare. The milking is taking place at a top-notch rotolactor milking machine with 60 milking places. Mitrovac is one of Belje's six dairy farms, where a total of 32 million liters of milk will be produced this year. The farm also features a solar power station.
Adjacent to the farm is the Mitrovac 2 MW biogas power plant, constituting the most stable renewable energy source and contributing to the stability of the national electric power system. The biogas power plant turns pollutants and various types of vegetables used as alternative energy sources into heat energy, contributes to the reduction of greenhouse gases and improves the fertility of arable land.
On the occasion of visiting Mitrovac Herman Seidl, Managing Director of Agrokor energija, pointed out the energy component of the project: The Mitrovac biogas facility run by Agrokor energija constitutes the most stable renewable energy source and contributes to the realization of the common EU energy policy expressed as 3 x 20%.
At the end of the interconnected production chain in Mitrovac is the greenhouse for hydroponic production of grappolo tomatoes (vine tomatoes) which uses the heat produced in the biogas facility. With an area of 4.5 hectares, this is the first and largest greenhouse in Baranya and one of the largest in Croatia, having grown 2,800 tons of tomatoes last year, 20% more than the planned realization for the first year of production.
Dalibor Poznić, CEO of Belje, pointed out the rounded-off nature of the project: The Mitrovac business complex comprising the dairy cow farm with solar power station, biogas facility and greenhouse is a role model of sustainable agriculture. Through this very project we have been able to achieve successful synergic effects, as the farm secures part of the raw material necessary for biogas production, the biogas power station produces electric power and heat and the greenhouse uses the heat for year-round tomato production.
After the tour of the facilities, Ivan Vrdoljak, Minister of Economy, pointed out: With all energy projects that we have been implementing, we strive to affirm Croatia's position as the energy hub in this part of Europe, secure a stable supply and the cheapest possible energy for both the population and the industry and provide for the highest level of environment protection. Croatia has opted to use renewable energy sources in line with sustainable development principles like this operational system, with the greatest impact on the economy. We also want to achieve a close connection between the development of renewable and conventional energy sources as it is this synergy that is extremely important in order to diversify the energy production risks and establish stability of the energy systems. Finally, I would like to point out that this is an excellent example of a rounded-off business process and a signpost of how business operations which want to be successful will have to look like in the near future.