Plastics in agricultural has witnessed a explosive growth worldwide in recent decades. Today more than 1 million hectares are under cultivation under Greenhouses with plastic film covering alone. A total of 3.6 million tons of plastics are used worldwide in agriculture with mulch films accounting for about 40%.
Some of the plastic products used in agriculture are listed below:
Greenhouse films are made from blend of LDPE/ LLDPE with UV and thermal stabilizing packages. Cultivation of vegetables and fruits under the closely controlled environment results in earlier yields, large size production, less usage of water and less damage from direct UV radiation.
Agricultural shade nets are made from HDPE woven fabrics and are used extensively in India. These shade nets are manufactured in various colors and are used to protect crops from excessive sunlight, insects, birds and wind.
Mulch films are made from blend of LDPE/ LLDPE with UV and thermal stabilizing packages. Cultivation of vegetables and fruits with mulch film covering results in increased yields, large size production, less usage of water, less damage from weeds growth, lower usage of pesticides and less attraction of aphids or white flies.
Drip Irrigation is used as a means of meeting crop demands giving increased yields and quality whilst efficiently managing water usage. It allows precise water application, minimum evaporation and reduced runoff.
Key Performance Requirements which are met by Plastiblends Polymer Processing Aid 01, Anti Oxidant 01 and POLYCOLOR BLACK 03.
- Weathering Resistance with carbon black particle size of 25 nm.
- Thermal Resistance.
- Chemical Purity meeting IS 9833 specification.
- Smooth surface finish.
Plastiblend India Limited offers a wide range of performance masterbatches for plastics used in the agricultural sector, these include the following masterbatches
Polymer Processing Aid improves melt flow, eliminates melt fracture, reduces die buildup during extrusion, reduces gel formation, minimizes die lines, all of these results in a defect free, smoother product and higher machine productivity.
Ultraviolet Stabilizers protects plastic films from degradation.
Antioxidant prevents thermal degradation of films.
A extensive range of light and heat stable colorants.