AGRICULTURE NEWS - The area under nets in South Africa is expanding rapidly as farmers try to reduce the risks associated with climate change, such as increased incidents of hail, sunburn and wind damage.
In the Western Cape alone, the area under shade nets increased from 559ha in 2013 to 3 092ha by the end of January this year, according to the Western Cape Department of Agriculture.
The total area under tunnels and shade nets in the province increased from 2 814ha in 2017/2018 to 5 906ha at the end of January.
Nets can significantly reduce climate-related risks, but may result in financial losses if farmers do not do their homework. This was the warning of experts who spoke to Glenneis Kriel.