Biodegradable mulch film: The new solution for higher crop yield

11-Apr-2017 | Zion Market Research

Agriculture is a source of income not only for the farmers but also the nation. Hence, the advancement in the agricultural sector is a must. Could there be a biodegradable remedy for the weed control? The first thing that comes to your mind is pesticides and other chemicals, right. Are they actually beneficial for the crops? is another question. The researchers from Walking industry have got the exact answer to your questions.

Looking at the farming culture all across the globe and the issues regarding farming, the researchers have developed a mulch film. Soil mulching is a process of using a mulch film or film made of plastic, especially low-density or linear low-density polyethylene, to curb the growth of weeds, pests, conserve moisture, reduce irrigation process, enhance soil fertility, and lastly increase the crop yield. The mulch film has mechanical, physical, and chemical resistance properties too. But these plastic films leave behind residues that not only affect the soil fertility by polluting it but also have a major impact on the crop yield. The cost for recycling and time for waste removal makes it a big no for the farmers. Hence, finding an alternative was a necessity which proved fruitful after years of research. The mulch film was made of natural fibers or kraft film and coated with a biodegradable polymer layer to help degradation process of the film. The different types of mulch film such as the paper type, oxo-degradable plastic, and biodegradable film are available in different colors red, green, and others depending on the season in which it will be used. The use of incorrect colored mulch film can destroy the entire crop yield, thus choose a right biodegradable film.

According to the global analysis, there are about million tons of plastic film been used all across the globe which reduces the farmland yield by 20% has made it necessary to find out a solution. The regional and industrial segmentation of the mulch film gives a rough idea about its availability and utilization across various regions around the globe.

The mulch film is mainly distributed in the North America, Latin America, Asia-Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East and Africa regions. The major players dominating in these regions include BASF SE, British Polythene Industries PLC, Britton Group, Group Barbier, Ab Rani Plast Oy, AEP Industries Inc. and Armando Alvarez Group, ExxonMobil Chemical, Trioplast AB, Kuraray Group, Plastika Kritis S.A., The Dow Chemical Company, and Novamont S.p.A.

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Thus, the mulch films commercial availability is a gift the farmers have been waiting for since a long time.

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