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Shade Net Structures: Sheltering The Future Of A Hungry World

Shade Net Structures: Sheltering The Future Of A Hungry World

Poor and seasonal production of crops has been a problem in South Africa, leading to a dependency of imported fruits and vegetables. Among others, damage caused by sunburn, hail, insects, and our latest record in drought also add to the problem.


“If agriculture is to continue to feed the world, it needs to become more like manufacturing,” says Geoffrey Carr. Fortunately, that is already beginning to happen.


To fight back and increase crop production, yield and income - shade net was found to be a suitable champion for the job. More and more farmers are erecting large shade net structures and reaping the benefits from it, by being able to create an ideal and manageable environment for their crops to flourish in.


In hot climates around the world, vegetables and cut flowers are grown under shade cloth to reduce heat and light intensity. With the help of science, innovative light manipulation and UV managament, results show that photo-selective colour nets create an environment that can be managed and turned into an optimal growing condition that allows the farmer to produce crops, sometimes even during off-season, with better growth, development and higher yield.


In the short run, shade net structures will boost farmers’ profits, by cutting costs and increasing quality of yields, and should also benefit the consumer’s pocket. In the longer run though, it may add to the solution to an increasingly urgent concern - Between now and 2050 the planet’s population is likely to rise to 9.7 billion, from 7.3 billion now. Those people will not only need to eat, they will want to eat better than people do now.


Knittex is a proud industry leader when it comes to manufacturing high quality knitted fabric that is durable and 100% recyclable. Clients trust our SpectraNet range to not only give them the highest results but also the best return on investment. With years of research and development our team can boast with a product that delivers a 10-year guaranteed lifespan. Some of our nets are celebrating more than 25 years out in the field. Speak to one of our team members for the best advise for your shade netting needs:


We are, more than a shade better than the rest.

This year at NAMPO we demonstrate our shade netting’s strength by erecting a 2m x 2m structure and covering it with Code 20. We’ll load the structure with 400kg on the Sunday before NAMPO, and lave it like that for the entire week.


At the end of NAMPO 2018, our team decided to have a bit fun and our Knittex sales rep, climbed on top op the load. A picture is worth a thousand words and this one says all you need to know about our level of quality and strength.


Knittex is an industry-leading manufacturer of high-quality knitted fabric that is durable and 100% recyclable. Their SpectraNet range provides producers with the highest results and best return on their investment. This is backed by years of research and development to ensure that nets have a guaranteed lifespan of 10 years or more


Visit us at NAMPO this year, stand H10B and stand a chance to win one of 5 Knittex Ground Sheets!


Knittex  - Delivering on Promises since 1964.


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Shade Net Structures: Sheltering The Future Of A Hungry World | Knittex | Multiknit | shadenetting | Crop Protection | Nampo 2022