Sergey Moon from the village of Zhanaturmys in Kazakhstan, has been growing vegetables for over 25 years. He says it's a difficult but honorable endeavor. So he gave up his job as an aircraft technician to grow tomatoes.
With "KH Kazakhstan-2030," his idea turned into a business that now covers 150 hectares of land where three crops are cultivated: Onions, corn and tomatoes.
"I realized that peasant work is a very 'pure' profession. It is impossible to cheat for the sake of profit. Everything is as transparent as possible. You can touch, examine and taste the product. The quality cannot be faked. Besides, there is the constant stay in the fresh air, the gratitude of the people who have a steady work in the field. What could be better than agriculture? "Says Sergey Moon.
In order to get fresh vegetables on the market counters and then on the tables of households, work in "KH Kazakhstan-2030" is in full swing all year round. More than 100 people are employed as seasonal workers, whom Sergey hires in neighboring villages. In autumn the soil is plowed, in winter the seeds are planted, in spring the seedlings are planted in greenhouses and in summer they are moved from the greenhouses to the field. They are harvested only in late July - early August.
Sergey Moon has been a loyal client of KMF LLC, the largest microfinance institution in Kazakhstan, for the past several years. In 2019, he bought a drip irrigation system with a loan. Some of the money also went toward spring field work. The loan was taken out for three years, with an 11-month grace period. In the winter of the same year, with the help of KMF, Sergey also paid off suppliers and replenished his working capital. In February 2020, Sergey was able to use another loan to finance the expansion of irrigation equipment and the purchase of fertilizers and fuel and lubricants.
According to Sergey Moon, purchasing a drip irrigation system with the help of a KMF small loan has taken his business to a new level.
"It's a tremendous savings in resources. Most of all, time. With the furrow method, it takes us nine hours to irrigate 10 acres. With drip irrigation, it takes three hours. So we save water because we use it three times less. It also allows us to influence the quality of the products. Because we can apply any fertilizer directly to the root. And, of course, all this helps save labor costs and survive even the driest years," says Sergey Moon.
Sergey Moon's farm sells vegetables in almost all regions of Kazakhstan and also exports to Russia, Kyrgyzstan and other neighboring countries.