Odorless manure balls were promised, but nothing of the 474 million grant came to fruition

He announced his headquarters in Bócsai and then in Budapest Kologarn Kft. In February 2017, it won a HUF 632 million grant from the European Union in the framework of the Economic Development and Innovation Operational Program (EIDHR) entitled “Stimulating the R & D & I Activities of Enterprises and Strengthening the Knowledge Economy”. The company applied for support for the development of scientifically produced fertilizers – the title of the project in the tender document was “Development of cultivation technology-specific organic soil conditioners optimized on a metagenomic basis”.

The main activity of Kologarn – a Céginfo.hu According to its data – the cultivation of vegetables, melons, roots and tubers, but its registered activities are poultry farming, for which it has received state support, we will write about this below, and also the production of farm animal feed.

The 632 million EU grant won would have covered 68 percent of the planned investment in Bócsa. The project should have been completed by the end of May 2019. HUF 474 million of the support was paid to the company – turn out From the application document published by Ákos Hadházy on his Facebook page. (It is interesting that the data of the project is no longer available on the official website of the EU applications, on the application search interface of palyazat.gov.hu)

Kologarn and its consortium partner are in liquidation

The liquidation of Kologarn, founded in 2010, started in June 2019, the last owner of the company was a private individual from Kiskőrös. Ákos Hadházy is not familiar with the names of the owners, but he noted in his post that Kologarn had a stake in the “infamous Paprikakert-TÉSZ Kft.”, Which was prosecuted for budget fraud. (The latter company has been in liquidation since December 2018.)

Application details.

Picture: Facebook / Ákos Hadházy

Kologarn had a consortium partner in the implementation of the manure project, based in Soltvadkert, Bócs. Bács Project Group Ltd., which has also been in liquidation since January 2020. The Uncle Project a website according to which he was engaged in the implementation of agricultural investments (the main activity of the registered is the construction of residential and non-residential buildings).

The manure would have been transformed into odorless nutrient balls

Details of the planned manure fermentation investment can also be found on the website of the Bács Project. According to this, a manure fermentation hall with a social building and a “closed communal sewage collection and three-compartment closed slurry storage basin” would have been built on the border of Bócsa.

“The facility will transform organic manure into odorless and fertilizer-free nutrient balls. The final product, which can be used by aerobic fermentation, will be produced from poultry manure from nearby livestock farms and from mushroom compost and plant parts harvested at the company’s horticultural plant,” the project said.

Kologarn Ltd. data (HUF million)

Net income169516463359543
Profit after tax10030649-64-55
Source: Céginfo.hu

Kologarn’s last submitted annual report is 2018. That year, it employed an average of 8 people, 7 of whom were manual workers. The book value of its tangible assets was HUF 2 billion, and its liabilities exceeded HUF 1.5 billion at the end of the year.

They received 45 million in state aid in 2018

In 2018, the company also received state support (poultry animal welfare support provided by the Ministry of Agriculture and support for the prevention of animal diseases), in the total amount of HUF 45 million – according to the supplementary notes to the annual report.

Kologarn operated successfully in the years before receiving EU support, and in 2015 it was able to achieve a profit after tax of 300 million (!) Out of half a billion in net sales. Then, in the 2017 and 2018 business years, a few tens of millions of losses were already recorded.

Scientific project

“During the technological process, we want a research program – which would be based on complex genetic tests – which would result in the type of fertilizer being processed, because the addition of additives would always result in a constant quality and the company’s extensive relationships. with different studies for different horticulture, vineyards and orchards, you could determine what elements the areas have and exactly what nutrient-rich organic manure they need as an energy source, “Kologarn wrote in the tender document, of which Ákos Hadházy quoted the Facebook page.

Fidesz MP György Simonka, mentioned in the article, is accused by the prosecutor’s office of budget fraud and other crimes. According to the indictment, Simonka and his colleagues wanted to obtain EU and domestic tenders for fruit and vegetable producer groups and producer organizations in an illegal manner. At the time of Simonka’s suspicion last November, it was prosecution He stated that the property damage caused by the investments carried out in accordance with the provisions of the representative exceeds HUF 1.4 billion. Later, Simonka paid a total of HUF 24 million in bribes to stop NAV investigations at companies set up to obtain subsidies illegally. The prosecutor’s office sentenced the MP to 8 years in prison.

Source: Napi.hu by www.napi.hu.

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