The Keep in Touch rainproof system has proved to be effective at a distance of 10 meters, saving the production of kiwi fruit, while all was lost under the conventional plastic dome cover when temperatures dropped to 6°C below zero. The results are here described by Mario Tonioni, technical manager of the Keep in Touch systems offered by the company Boscato Reti.
"We are in the province of Viterbo, Italy, at the Mucini company, which owns 30 hectares of green and yellow kiwi varieties. In view of next year, we had tested out two rainproof systems. On the one hand, our Keep in Touch nets, and on the other, the traditional system with plastic sheeting on arches. The results were remarkable."
The temperature dropped to 3.5°C below zero under both systems, but while under the Keep in Touch rain net the relative humidity was very low, it was 90% under the nylon sheet. As a result, in the first case production was entirely saved, in the other almost completely lost.