Protective farming: The sure shot steps to a healthy and abundant green chilli harvest with GROWiT’s plastic mulching
Intro: While it is impossible for most people to consume raw onions or garlic as salad or additional flavour with cooked food for myriad reasons including pungency of taste and bad breath that they cause, there is one vegetable that can add flavour to even the blandest foods without any of the above-mentioned side effects. That’s green chilli.
Article: Green chilli is one vegetable that a majority of Indians or foodies across the globe, for that matter, love to relish in both the cooked (tadka) and raw forms (as salad or seasoning) with their food. However, this favourite vegetable of Indians might soon lose its flavour for both its growers and consumers if not cultivated with care and precision, considering the rampant attacks of chilli thrips, a dangerous species of pests.
Chilli thrips are known to have devastated green chilli crop in six states of India that are known to be leading producers of green chillies, driving the cultivators of the crop to verge of suicide. So, if you are a cultivator of green chillies, and have been experiencing rampant crop failures for various reasons besides chilli thrips, we advise you to follow the tips given below to reap a rich harvest of the precious vegetable that you relish with your own meals as well.
Simple tips for green chilli farming:
- PREPARE A BED FOR PLANTING CHILLI SEEDS: Plough the land thoroughly at least two or three times and crush the clod properly after every ploughing. Add well-decomposed manure to the soil to enhance its fertility. Run a rotovator to prepare the soil properly for chilli farming.
- SPREAD DRIP IRRIGATION LINES ON THE BED: Growing green chillies requires a minimum rainfall of 800 mm to 1200 mm. Availability of an irrigation facility is an absolute must, especially during the green chilli plant's flowering and fruit development stage. While several irrigation methods are recommended for the chilli crop, we recommend the drip irrigation method, which goes well with the plastic mulching we promote to ensure a healthy and bumper crop for green chilli farmers.
The drip irrigation lines are laid after the soil bed has been thoroughly prepared for green chilli plantation. These lines come in handy for irrigating the chilli crop every alternate day (as is generally prescribed) or as per the recommendations of the agronomists depending on the weather conditions prevailing in the area and the type of soil.
The drip irrigation method is generally used when one intends to use plastic mulching to protect his crop from the onslaught of weeds and pests, which in this case, happen to be the dreaded chilli thrips. If you haven’t tried your hand at plastic mulching and have experienced failure of your chilli crop, we suggest that it is high time you started using plastic mulching considering its myriad benefits.
KINDLY NOTE: We would like to clarify that plastic mulching is not only used for successful, healthy, and bountiful production of green chillies, but also for cultivating all types of vegetables, fruits, flowers, trees, and plants.
To know the why and how, and the best plastic mulching available in the market, we advise you to read this article till the end.
- SPREAD THE PLASTIC MULCHING SHEET: After the soil bed is ready and the drip irrigation lines have been laid on it, laying a superior quality plastic mulching sheet is the next step that a chilli farmer, looking for healthy and bumper chilli harvest, should opt for.
Plastic mulch films play a very important role in protective farming. Plastic mulch films are factory-produced, scientific agricultural solutions that help farmers double their income from agricultural sources by allowing them to reap the healthy and abundant harvest that they dream of. Plastic mulch films protect plants from pests and weeds, regulate the moisture content in the soil, and improve and maintain soil health by preventing erosion of essential nutrients from it by cutting down the need for useless irrigation, besides helping prevent the leaching of fertilizers and controlling the exposure of plants to sunlight.
If you want to reap the chilli harvest of your dreams, we recommend that you use GROWiT India’s plastic mulching sheet, which is making waves in the agricultural sector because of its superior quality and the resultant redoubling of the crop output of the farmers, who have been using it.
You surely must be wondering ‘Why use GROWiT India’s plastic mulching sheet when the agricultural market is teeming with many more affordable products? Well, the choice is yours. But before you finally decide on something else, we advise you to read our answer.
GROWiT India’s plastic mulching sheet is biodegradable by nature, and hence, environment-friendly. Not all products claiming to be ‘biodegradable’ plastic mulches are actually able to live up to their claims of being environmentally viable.
Besides this, GROWiT’s plastic mulching sheet adds a layer to the surface of the soil around the plant to conserve the moisture that suppresses weed growth, protects crops from insects, regulates soil temperature and prevents water loss through evaporation.
GROWiT India’s plastic mulching sheet is available in the pre-holed form, which cuts the labour costs incurred in punching holes on plastic mulches without holes in them. The holes are equidistant from each other in accordance with the scientific agricultural requirements of the plant that shall be growing through them, which in this case happens to be the chilli plant.
GROWiT India’s plastic mulching sheet is more durable than other locally manufactured, cheap mulches and lasts for at least two to three seasons. Besides this, it does not tear during the laying and removal process, which adds to its cost-effectiveness.
So, if you are really serious about reaping a rich harvest of chilli, we advise you to follow these simple tips. Not only would you get to savour the sweet taste of success this time, but also that of green chillies from your own fields, which would make you even prouder of yourself than ever before.
CALL TO ACTION: For more information on the use of plastic mulching for cultivating your chilli crop you can either read the articles on our blog on GROWiT India’s official website https://www.thegrowit.com, install GROWiT app, or call us on 18008896978, +919316747973. We’d be happy to assist you!
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