Effect of Processing Parameters of Mesta Sheet for Use as Eco-friendly Agrotextiles

Sengupta, Surajit ; Debnath, Sanjoy


An attempt has been made to use woven and mechanically entangled sheet of mesta as soil cover of strawberry cultivation with an aim for weed control and moisture retention. It was observed that sheet from 500 g/m2, 190 punches/cm2 and 10 mm needle penetration produces the best quality mulching product with respect to growth characteristics, moisture retention, and increase in yield, weed suppression and reduction in soil temperature. The initial higher cost of raw material is justified by the higher return from cultivation using the suggested mesta nonwoven as the mulch.


Mesta fabric, Mulching, Plant growth, Polythene, Properties, Weed suppression

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