Many countries that are not currently affected by hail may be facing with this problem soon, like Saudi Arabia in 2018 (Sharif 2018).
The existing difference between the growth rates of the world population and food production, the uninterrupted increase in the pollution of nature and the deterioration of the ecology of the environment require solving the problem of lossless preservation of the crop in order to partially overcome a possible catastrophe.
However, one of the main obstacles to solving the problem of lossless crop preservation is hail and heavy rain which every year cause great and severe damage to agriculture and human properties, as well as injure people, livestock and wild animals.
Currently, hail control is done by placing explosive chargers of silver iodide in the hail clouds. Placement can be done with the help of artillery pieces or with the help of specially designed missiles (anti-hail rockets).
By 2022, the Romanian government plans to reach 200 hail rocket launch systems to cover 8.4 million hectares of crops. This should reduce farmers’ losses caused by bad weather.
In this context, recently, CEPROHART SA developed a new grade of paper with special characteristics. This is anti-hail rocket paper.
This paper grade is used for making the body (tube) of anti-hail rockets with a special resistance at controlled pressure.
The solution has the advantage that it is environmentally friendly, paper being a biodegradable material and does not endanger the physical integrity of people as in the case of rockets with a metal body.
Hail fall control systems using anti-hail rockets have been operating for several decades in almost all European countries.
In neighboring countries or with an administrative organization similar to Romania, the management of these systems is carried out centrally at the national level, being coordinated in a unitary way by a specialized governmental structure.