‘Mulching’ to reduce water and chemical consumption
Anju Agnihotri Chaba July 2, 2015
Amarjit Singh employing mulching in his sugarcane-urad intercropped field.
After sowing turmeric around late-May/early-June, Avtar Singh covers his entire field with a 3-4 inch-thick layer of paddy straw. “I do it so that my crop and the soil get proper shade from direct sunlight,” says this farmer from Mullanpur in Mohali district of Punjab, while referring to a practice known as ‘mulching’.