Agriculture - - Something New -

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.

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