Updated May 07, 2019

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Optimizing pest-exclusion netting: Drip and Biopesticides

Part of Michigan State University

Optimizing production of fruits and vegetables using pest-exclusion nets.

https://horticulture.ucdavis.edu/project/scaling-pest-exclusion-nets
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Stage 4: Transition to Scale

Focus Areas:

Agriculture

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Implemented In:

Kenya

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Problem

Harmful pests can penetrate some nets, depending on how fine the netting is. Additionally, watering crops under pest-exclusion nets can sometimes require raising the net.

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Solution

Predatory insects can prey on harmful pests and driplines provide consistent water without disturbing the netting

Target Beneficiaries

Smallholder Farmers

Innovation Description

The use of supplemental (drip-line) irrigation inside the Net-houses can have real advantages for improved crop production/yields. This is especially true for crops produced during the dry-season. Additionally, the use of beneficial/predatory insects to control pest insects within the net-houses is has been proved successful.

Milestones

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Kenya