Mexico: 42 ha Cravo greenhouses survives yet another hurricane

A Cravo 'A' Frame retractable roof in Boyton Beach Florida was hit by 3 hurricanes in 18 months back in 2004/2005. The roof was retracted for Hurricane Jeanne and Francis but was closed to protect the plants during the 200km per hour winds during Hurricane Wilma. The reinforced polyethylene roofs were 6 years old when Hurricane Wilma hit. Installed 14 years ago these retractable roofs are still in use today.

Cravo houses had been previously hit by Hurricane Jeanne, Francis, Charlie, Katrina, Wilma, Ike, and Norbert.

Now the eighth hurricane, on the 19th of September this year, has hit a 42 hectare retractable roof operation in Culiacan, Mexico. There was no damage to the roof or structure and all roofs were operational after the hurricane. The retractable roof also protected crops to -6C during the freeze on February 6,2011.

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