PLASTIC MULCHING MADE EASIER WITH A MACHINE
THE USE OF PLASTIC MULCH in growing various crops, especially vegetables, has become very popular with farmers these days. This is the use of a plastic sheet installed atop the planting bed. The usual dimensions of those in the market is one meter wide and 400 meters long, currently costing about R900 to R1,000 each. Toto Barcelona of Harbest Agribusiness is the fellow we know who first introduced plastic mulching commercially in the Philippines. He will tell you that the first shipment of 10 rolls that he brought from Taiwan in 1998 took him more than a year to sell. Today, 18 years later, he can sell—to just one customer—one container load consisting of several hundred
In the past year, ATISCO has been engaged by commercial vegetable farmers in Batangas to rotavate and mulch their vegetable fields. And the total cost, excluding the cost of plastic materials, is R15,000 per hectare. It means a savings of R20,000 per hectare on the part of the commercial vegetable farmer, according to Delima.
Installing plastic mulch with a machine is very fast.