Offering a a wide range of agricultural equipment

Offering a a wide range of agricultural equipment

“WT Agroprofi” SRL was founded in 2013 and is the official and exclusive representative of the American company CASE IH in Moldova. The company is importing, selling and providing repair and maintenance services for agricultural equipment (tractors, combines, sprayers).

In order to strengthen its position in the Moldovan market and to develop a long-term relationship with agricultural producers in Moldova, the company developed two investment projects with the EU4Business-EBRD Credit Line, focusing on increased competitiveness. The first project was implemented in 2019 and focused on the creation of a new showroom, office and a workshop for repair services.

With the second investment, WT Agroprofi SRL focused on energy efficient equipment: Podem MT308 3.2 ton crane, lighting/security systems and sandwich panels for its warehouses, resulting in improvements of the occupational health and safety aspects related to distribution, service and warehousing processes. The investment also improved service quality and safety and ultimately enables the company to meet the highest customer requirements.

Apart from the EU4Business-EBRD Credit Line loan, the company received free-of-charge technical support from the team of international experts.  After the successful project verification, the Company received 15% of the loan amount as a grant cashback, funded under the EU4Business initiative of the European Union.

Loan amounts:

€ 388,297 & 700,000

Grant amount:

€ 58,245 & 105,000

Investment:

Showroom, workshop, Crane, lighting & security systems, insulation

Energy savings

2,864 MWh/year

GHG emissions avoided

574 t CO2/year

 

Healthy pigs for Moldovan consumers

Healthy pigs for Moldovan consumers

Funny Pig SRL is a pig breeding company with two breeding facilities.  One is located in the Floresti region – used for actual breeding, the other one in the Anenii-Noi region – used for raising of pigs, housing 11,962 animals.

The animals are sold mainly to food processing companies and some to individual consumers.

To improve the efficiency and product safety of the pigs bread and grown on the two farms, as well as to introduce environmental compliance and health and safety at work, the company invested in in modern equipment for pig raising and in cooling equipment for the meat products.

The equipment, financed through a EU4Business-EBRD Credit Line loan, included:

Gura Camencii and Chirca breeding complex

    • Equipment for pig growing, boxes for both piglets and swine growing

Chirca breeding complex:

    • Heating equipment – hot water boilers and hot air generators
    • Cooling chambers for meat
    • Slaughtering Equipment
    • Warehouse

Loan amount:

€ 307,588

Grant amount:

€ 46,138

Investment:

Pig breeding equipment, heating and cooling equipment, slaughtering equipment, new warehouse

Energy savings

411 MWh/year

GHG emissions avoided

168 t CO2/year

 

Supporting Moldova’s agricultural sector

Supporting Moldova’s agricultural sector

As a supplier of plant protection materials, of soil treatment substances and of seeding materials, Agrostoc plays and important role in the agricultural sector of Moldova. Agrostoc is an ‘Entrepreneurial Cooperative’ that was founded in 2001 by 15 agricultural stores. By 2019, membership in the Cooperative had grown to 148. The organization imports goods and materials from abroad for on-selling to farmers in Moldova. This level of import activity has several disadvantages, including high purchasing costs, the environmental liability and cost of long-distance transport, security of supply – as shown during the current pandemic situation, etc.

In 2021, the organization took the first step towards building up its own processing plant for the mixing of special fertilizers (Nexur-46, Novatec-21, Novatec-40, other fertilizer mixtures with the inclusion of microelements).

The new factory uses state-of-the-art equipment of European origin, guaranteeing the minimization of environmental impact. In addition, the organization constructed a 6,000 m2 factory building to house the new mixing and packaging process as well as warehousing space.

The factory building was constructed using green technologies, including heating, cooling, lighting and a rainwater harvesting system.

The building meets all environmental and occupational safety requirements, the modern production equipment ensures high product quality and product stability standards and the technologies selected for the production and for the building ensure resource efficient plant operation.

Loan amount:

€ 1,370,585

Grant amount:

€ 205,588

Investment:

Fertilizer mixing, weighing and packaging lines, building construction and building technology

 

Improving a cattle herd

Improving a cattle herd

The company Terranuc SRL was founded in 2009 to grow nut wood for high end wood processing, such as furniture and decorations. With increasingly adverse weather conditions, the nut trees died, and the company switched to cattle breeding.

Today the company has its own breeding and slaughtering facilities, applying rigorous standards of animal welfare and food hygiene, producing beef, pork, horse and sheep meet. Terranuc already operates a fully operates a fully automated slaughtering line, requiring no personnel. The meat cutting process is still carried out manually by the personnel of the company. After the meat processing, the meat carcasses are frozen in the cold rooms. The remains (ends, skin, etc.) are sorted and marketed to other processing facilities. Their transport takes place immediately after the processing.

Currently, the company Terranuc Srl exports meat to the Russian Federation (sheep and horse meat), Lebanon (beef) and the UAE (beef and sheep meat).

Loan amount:

€ 296,865

Grant amount:

€ 44,529

Investment:

250 Angus cows

 

Expansion of Agricultural Activities

Expansion of Agricultural Activities

The company Impernucselect SRL, located in the Hincesti district of Loganesti village, looks back on a long and varied history. Founded in 2009, company started as a grower of walnuts.  However, the company was severely affected by the consequences of climate change. The emergence of droughts and severe weather conditions effectively destroyed the walnut orchard and the company had to switch to a new line of activity. Over the past few years, the company developed a healthy business in breeding and selling of sheep. The company owns sufficient pasture land for the sheep, with shelters for the animals. Moreover, the company owns 20 ha of agriculture land, partly used for the production of animal feed and partly let to various companies and individuals for agricultural activities. To improve the efficiency of the land processing, Impernucselect SRL invested in agricultural machinery such as a combine, loaders, tractor, and a shredder. The investment was finaced through a €347,007 EU4Business-EBRD Credit line loan and the company received a cash-back grant of €52,051 after successful project verification.  The new machines meet the highest occupation health and safety standards, use less energy than conventional agricultural machines and have lower maintenance needs than older machinery.

Loan amount:

€ 347,007

Grant amount:

€ 52,051

Investment:

Combine harvester, loaders, tractor, shredder

Energy savings

253.6 MWh/year

GHG emissions avoided

67.4 t CO2/year

 

Hotex successfully diversifies using its core business model

Hotex successfully diversifies using its core business model

Hotex-Com SRL is a Moldovan company that, over the past six years, has built a successful business model with the construction of gas stations for lease to petrol and gas distribution companies. Building upon the successes of this model, the company decided to diversify into the wider commercial building sector through the construction and leasing of retail and leisure spaces, such as shopping centers, supermarkets and cafes/restaurants. A clear focus of this strategy is the creation of modern, energy efficient commercial buildings, incorporating state of the art technologies and adhering to European standards for energy efficient buildings and occupants’ well-being. The first project under the new strategy is an investment in a new commercial building located in Stefan Voda in the South-Eastern part of Moldova. The project, financed through a EU4Business-EBRD Credit Line loan, includes modern ventilation, efficient heating and air conditioning, water and waste-water systems, electrical systems, insulation of walls, roof and floor as well as internal finishing works.  The new building meets the energy efficiency standards oft eh European Union.

Already during the construction period, Hotex signed commercial lease agreements with Enter (a gadgets store) and Felicia (a chain of pharmacies in Moldova). In the meantime, the supermarket chain Linella has also moved into the new center, catering for the needs of the citizens of Stefan Voda. Adherence to COVID prevention measures, together with modern ventilation and filtration that ensure a healthy indoor environment, have helped avoiding any infection cases among staff and customers and especially Linella has registered satisfactory sales increase figures since it opened its doors.

The company used its cash-back grant, financed by the EU4Business Initiative, to reduce the loan principle and loan interest.

Loan amount:

€ 248,331

Grant amount:

€ 37,250

Investment:

Efficient building technologies and construction works

Energy savings

166.8 MWh/year

GHG emissions avoided

80.7 t CO2/year

 

Expanding the Capacity of Construction Materials Production

Expanding the Capacity of Construction Materials Production

Founded in 2019, Alphaterm is a Moldovan manufacturer of fiberglass fabrics used in construction. With an investment, financed through a EU4Business-EBRD Credit Line loan, the company expanded its production facilities and the range of various density nets to meet the demands of buyers in European markets. To this end, the company purchased an industrial building in Chisinau to construct a modern fiberglass fabrics production facility with modern equipment. The investment created a facility that meets the highest environmental, occupational H&S and product quality standards.

The project included the purchase of modern production machinery, waste compactors, as well as building reconstruction measures, such as insulation, efficient heating and a rainwater harvesting system.

The new product range has already attracted the interest of European buyers and the company has signed several contracts for delivery to Europe, with the quality/price ratio being the most convincing factor. The adherence to European environmental and occupational H&S standards are an additional bonus that satisfies buyers’ requirements while reducing the company’s production cost through the energy savings achieved.

The entire project was implemented during the COVID pandemic. Applying strict hygiene measures, the company managed to get through this period without any COVID cases among the work force and without any interruptions to production continuity.

The cash-back grant, financed by the EU4Business initiative, was used to purchase raw materials and helped the company to rapidly scale up production of the new product range in the new production facility.

Loan amount:

€ 750,000

Grant amount:

€ 112,500

Investment:

Production machinery, Building insulation, efficient heating systems, Lighting, Rainwater harvesting

Energy savings

430.1 MWh/year

GHG emissions avoided

86.52 t CO2/year

 

Agro Gogu SRL

Agro Gogu SRL

The agriculture sector is a mainstay of Moldova’s economy with the majority of the population living in rural areas and depending on agriculture for food and income. Half of the agricultural workforce consists of women. Agro Gogu  SRL is one of the companies in the Moldovan agricultural sector that was mainly growing vegetables and melons on 300 ha of agricultural land in the Anenii Noi region, around 30 km to the east of Chisinau.  In 2020, the company expanded its activity range by adding a milk production unit. To this end the company constructed a new milk production farm housing 200 Jersey cows.

One key aspect of Agro Gogu’s expansion was the investment in modern equipment for dairy cattle raising, milking and milk cooling, financed through a EU4Business-EBRD Credit Line loan. Apart from a substantial expansion of its business activities, the new equipment installed as part of the investment project assures high quality milk production for the Moldovan market, safeguards the health and safety of the workers and minimizes the environmental impact of the new dairy operation.

The onset of the COVID pandemic required the implementation of protection measures to protect employees from infection but also to contribute to the stability of food supplies in the region.

Wearing masks became immediately obligatory for all, as did the daily temperature check at the beginning and end of each shift. Work processes were aligned to help employees maintain the required social distance and information boards informing workers about the availability and application of hand disinfectants, masks, etc. were installed. In bathrooms, the company replaced hand dryers with paper towels and showering in the company’s facility became mandatory at the beginning and the end of each shift. Under the new measures, employees are not allowed to leave the company site during the shift or bring any food from home. Instead, the company provides employees with food during their breaks, and it also rehabilitated some houses previously used for housing of technical staff for rest periods.  To avoid contamination on public transport, the company started a shuttle services for employees with its own buses.

Loan Amount

€ 345,664

Grant Amount

€ 51,849

Invested in:

Equipment for dairy cattle raising milking and milk cooling

Primary Energy Savings

66.94 MWh/year

GHG Savings

32.41 tCO2/year

Energy Saving Ratio

28.6%

 

Axedum SRL

Axedum SRL

Founded in 2006 as a producer of chicken meat, Axedum covers the entire production cycle from the production of biological forage through to slaughtering and delivery of ready chicken meat. The high-quality processing systems are assured with care and dedication in a closed circuit from the grain seed to the fork. The company is in full compliance with the European standards HACCP and ISO 22000 and is also certified for HALAL. The poultry producer Axedum financed two investments through a EU4Business-EBRD Credit Line loan.  The first investment amounted to €500,000 and consisted of advanced production equipment, a grader, automatic weighing and labelling equipment, packing equipment, a new transformer station and ventilation.  The second investment was financed through a €200,000 loan and included additional production equipment as well as cooled delivery vehicles. Both projects were verified under COVID-19 conditions, in April 2020 and February 2021 respectively.

The timely investment and the cash-back grants helped the company continue supplying consumers in Moldova with high quality chicken meat.

With increasing disruptions in international supply chains, companies like Axedum have become quite important contributors to local food supplies. To ensure continuous operations, the company was quick to introduce strict measures to protect its workers from COVID infections and to keep the company operational.

Measures included the obligatory wearing of masks on site and also the regular changing of masks. Several digital body scanners were installed, which automatically monitor the body temperature of staff. The body temperature scanners are connected to digital screens, allowing for temperature to be measured at a distance of several meters (entrance / exit / corridors, etc.) without disturbing the workflow. Information boards inform employees about social distancing, about the use of the available sanitizers, masks and regular changing of masks and new rules with regards to breaks and dining. Under the COVID measures, employees are no longer allowed to bring food from their homes.  Instead, lunch and snacks are provided in the company canteen, where groups are restricted to 10-12 people at any one time and where the lunchtimes of each group are regulated to ensure social distance.

Building on the success of the previous two investments and to expand its important role in securing the food supply to Moldovan citizens, the company is now implementing a further upgrade of its production facilities from 2,000 birds per hour to an hourly 4,000 birds processing capacity. This new €2.3 million investment, once more financed through an EU4Business-EBRD Credit Lien loan, includes new processing equipment, cooling chambers and a wastewater treatment plant.

Loan Amount

€ 700,000

Grant Amount

€ 105,000

Invested in:

Production equipment, transformer & power supply, ventilation system, transportation

Primary Energy Savings

383 MWh/year

GHG Savings

96 tCO2/year

Energy Saving Ratio

27 %

 

Liceul Litterarum

Liceul Litterarum

Children are most likely suffering the most under the restrictions required due to the COVID pandemic. Their daily routine disrupted, their social interaction with friends and classmates having been reduced to a bare minimum, schools and teachers are facing a monumental task in maintaining at least some sense of normalcy to protect the mental well-being of our youngest. Liceul Litterarum first opened its doors 19 years ago and is appreciated for the efficiency of its instructive-educational processes and for offering a psychological climate that is conducive to the development of children. Many agree that a good school should go beyond the basics of liberal arts and a natural science-based curriculum. In this respect, Liceul Litterarum leads by example. The school’s focus is on a system of non-traditional learning and education, which is based on the principle of tailoring the education offering towards the needs of the individuals. This approach helps students from primary school through to high school levels develop a desire to learn throughout their lives, to be better today than yesterday and yet better tomorrow than today. Even under the pandemic conditions, the school managed to maintain its normal operations between 1st September 2020 and 1st March 2021 by introducing protective measures such as wearing of masks and obligatory mask changes every 2.5 hours, temperature checks upon arrival and upon leaving the school, installation of disinfectant dispensers and teaching children a new and safe routine of interacting with each other.

The new challenges were somewhat easier to tackle with the improvements made to the school buildings with the help of the EU4Business-EBRD Credit Line loan.  Liceul Litterarum invested in new water and wastewater systems, a new heating and ventilation system as well as improvements of the building envelope. The school now offers the advantages of learning in a modern, energy-efficient building with twenty-six comfortable and welcoming classrooms and 45 highly trained faculty members. Due to temporary increases in the infection rates in Chisinau, the school had to switch to online teaching in March. However, with the improved building conditions, and especially the modern ventilation systems, teachers are able to provide the online lessons and support to the children from the comfort of the modernized school building.

Loan Amount

€ 137,925

Grant Amount

€ 20,689

Invested in:

New HVAC, lighting, water and wastewater systems, building insulation and windows

Primary Energy Savings

144 MWh/year

GHG Savings

23 tCO2/year

Energy Saving Ratio

44 %