Mulching is a procedure used to cover the dirt surface around products to make ideal conditions for yield development. The utilization of biodegradable mulch films is an eco-friendlyoption forcontrolled horticulture on constrained, arable land with restricted water supply. Biodegradable mulch films, without having any negative effect on soil, help inenhancing the crop quality by limiting the soil disintegration, providing the supplements, increasing the soil temperature, and stifling the development of weeds. Biodegradable mulches offer an alternate option forplastic mulch filmsto achievewater preservation, weed control, soil temperature balance, and different other advantages. Biodegradable mulches are not expelled from the field at the end of the season,unlike ordinary plastic mulches.
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This is attributableto high biodegradability andcost–effectivenessof starch. In addition, high amylose content in starch helps in forming flexible and strong biodegradable mulch films.This is also a major reason for high demand for starch. Based on application, the global biodegradable mulch films market has been divided into fruits &vegetables, grains, and others.The fruits &vegetables segment held a major market share in 2016 and the trend is anticipated to continue throughout the forecast period. The agricultural sector can benefit from mulch films in terms of fertilizer leaching,reduction insoil compaction,moisture evaporation,increase in soil temperature,and eradication of weeds to obtain increased yield.
The global market for biodegradable mulch filmshas beensegmented on the basis of biodegradable plastics, composition, application, and geography. Based on biodegradable plastics, the market can bedividedintocontrolled degradation masterbatches,aliphatic–aromatic copolyesters (AAC), and thermoplastic starch (TPS). The thermoplastic starch segment held a major market share in 2016 and the trend is anticipated to continue throughout the forecast period.
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This isattributableto easy availability, biodegradability, renewability, and cost-effectiveness of thermoplastic starch.Thesegment is anticipated to witness rapid growth during the forecast periodalso, owing to high demand for TPS from countries of Asia Pacific such as China and India. Based on composition, the global market for biodegradable mulch filmshas beensegregated into starch, starch blended with polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA), and starch blended with polylactic acid (PLA). The starch segment held a major market share in 2016 and the trend is anticipated to continue throughout the forecast period.