Ecology, Environment and Conservation Paper

Vol 21, Issue 2, 2015; Page No.(865-872)

A REVIEW OF MULCHING ON VEGETABLE CROPS PRODUCTION

Swati Barche, Reena Nair and P.K. Jain

Abstract

Mulching is an age old technique to conserve moisture, check weed growth, moderate soil temperature and provide micro-climate to plants. This technology is boon for the horticulture crops not only for increasing growth, development, yield but also as method of soil and water conservation. This paper deals with various aspects of mulching on vegetable production. Introduction of linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) as a mulch film has brought a revolution in agricultural water management. It is actually a boon to dryland farmers. This is one of the fastest growing plasticultural applications in the world.

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