Thursday, October 13, 2022

Shade net in Kenya

Shade net in Kenya is a fabric that provides shade to growing plants protecting them from direct harmful sun heat rays.
There are several problems and issues in agriculture that need to be addressed using special techniques to increase yield and profits. With the advancement of technology, agriculture has experienced some great innovations in the past decades. Several products have been developed to make sure agriculture is carried out safely and in the best way possible. It is important to manipulate the quantity, quality, duration and direction of light that is directed towards the plant for optimum growth. The development of agriculture shade nets regulates ultraviolet rays’ penetration and controls weeds and insects. 
Agricultural shade net in Kenya is yet a powerful innovation that helps protect crops. As the name suggests, agriculture shade nets are used to provide crops with shade from direct sunlight. 
Sunlight is a major requirement for plants to grow, yet overexposure to sunlight can lead to damage to the plants. 
From the early stages to the maintenance stages of a plant's growth where a plant is watered and given optimum sunlight, the plant must be protected from insects, cold, overexposure to sunlight and other wild animals.  
Agriculture shade nets are industrially woven high-density polythene, mostly recycled, with ultraviolet absorbers and oxidation treatment. 
These features ensure strength, corrosion resistance, anti-ageing and high radiation control. In hot seasons, it prevents sunlight, drops temperatures and keeps moisture but in cold seasons it provides insulation to plants. Shade net in Kenya is mainly used for vegetables, mushrooms, seedlings, flowers, and other plants.
Structurally, agriculture shade nets are from high-density polyethene with 3 to 5% ultraviolet resistance.
 It has a standard width of between 1 to 6 meters and lengths of between 1 to 300 meters depending on the size of the farm. 
The nets can be twist weave or plain weaved with holes and the shading rate varies between 30% to 95% depending on the plants grown. 
It weighs between 30 to 350 grams per meter square and comes in a variety of colours black, blue, green, red, etc.
Before you choose an ideal shade net, look into the features and the benefits offered by the net. The design makes the net strong and durable to ensure that it lasts several crop lives.
 A good shade net should have ultraviolet stabilizers to protect plants against harmful ultraviolet radiation. 
The net must optimum shade factor to protect the plans. It must be technically designed to be light in weight for easy to handle, should be corrosion resistant, can be reused or recycled and be environmentally friendly.
 Compared to greenhouses, agricultural shade nets are relatively cheaper to buy and install. 
Although the use of shade nets is becoming common with the modernization of farming, factors such as the type of crop planted and the water infiltration rate of the soil should be considered in choosing a shade net.
 Expert advice may be required in choosing the most suitable net for a farm. Insect and wind pollination is also reduced. 
Most nets are also made from none bio degrade polymerised of afrererecycledonclusion
Some plants are extremely fragile and do not require that much exposure to sunlight. Certain geographical locations are more prone to harsh sunlight than others. 
Excessive exposure to ultraviolet rays is harmful to humans, animals and plants. Similar to humans where ultraviolet radiation causes cancer, it causes damage to plants.
The results of the shade nets technology have shown a significant increase in total farming yield and maintained better quality crops.
 It significantly lowers the decay incident at the storage stage and shelf life simulation. More research is required to clarify the effects of coloured shade nets based on their photo selectivity and a complete description of environmental conditions needed to standardize the optimum growing conditions.


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