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August 09, 2015

Farmers use treated mosquito nets to shade seedlings

Some farmers in the Upper West Region of Ghana have found an agricultural use for mosquito nets they are provided free of charge as part of a malaria-prevention programme.

Instead of sleeping under the nets, the farmers instead use them to provide filtered sunlight for their tender crop seedlings.

A pepper farmer explained, "I don’t feel comfortable when I sleep under the net, so I learnt from other people about how to use it on the farm" he said.

The holes of the net are small enough to provide a physical barrier against mosquitoes getting to the person sleeping under it, but in a poorly ventilated room in a hot, humid climate, they can also significantly reduce air flow, making the discomfort of a hot, sweaty sleep more of an issue than the fear of mosquito bites.  

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