Why Greenhouses in the Tropics?

Christian von Zabeltitz


Greenhouses for vegetable growing in tropical Climates have remarkable advantages in comparison to open field production, for example higher yields, improved quality, less water consumption and reduced losses of fertilisers and pesticides. The main design criteria which depend on the climate conditions of the region, the locally available materials and the general demand for plastic film greenhouses are discussed. Examples of newly designed greenhouses and of constructions on farm are discussed with their advantages and disadvantages.

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