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Volume: 6 Issue: 7
||Mulching- A Soil and Water Conservation Technique for Smallholder’s Olericulture Farming in Tropics and Sub-tropics
Mulching- A Soil and Water Conservation Technique for Smallholder’s Olericulture Farming in Tropics and Sub-tropics
Mulching is an agricultural technique that involves placing organic or synthetic materials on the soil around plants to provide a more favourable environment for growth and development of plant. Mulch, being a natural resource, has become one of the most effective technologies for optimum yield and quality enhancement of crops besides reducing the cost of production. Mulching is the process of covering soil with matter such as leaves, straw or peat placed around plants to prevent the evaporation of moisture, the freezing of roots and the growth of weeds. This technology is boon mainly for horticulture crops especially vegetable crops by increasing growth and yield of plants as well as for conservation of soil and water.