PLAS­TIC MULCHING MADE EASY

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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 on the mar­ket are 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 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 one con­tainer load to just one cus­tomer. That’s how much the use of plas­tic mulch has be­come pop­u­lar as a stan­dard prac­tice among suc­cess­ful farm­ers.

Plas­tic mulching has be­come stan­dard prac­tice for grow­ing high-value veg­eta­bles.

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