Bird damage in agriculture results in huge losses on an annual basis.
This is particularly true in the fruit and vineyard industry in the Western Cape where ripe bunches of grapes are susceptible to damage.
Now a viticulturalist, who has
suffered extensive crop losses in the past, has developed a birdnet that limits damage to your crop.
This net – known as VINNET – has been developed and used over the past few years, with much success, and is now available through Cape Agricultural Products.
The hole size of 10 x 15mm is ideal for keeping birds out and the net is available on rolls 500Mt long, in 2 ideal widths – 500mm and 780mm.
It is a lightweight plastic net, black in colour and is UV stabilised.
Installation - The net can be installed by 2 people and the following method is suggested :
Harvest - One person moves down the row in front of the people harvesting the grapes. He / She only removes the net from the foliage wires resulting in the net hanging down from the cordon wire.
After the harvest, when there is more labour and time available, the net can be untied from the vineyard, rolled up and stored for the next season.
This product is also available through OVERBERG AGRI in Caledon and other branches.