The practice involves draping wet soil in a special kind of polythene film to conserve moisture. I visited Kathama, a tiny village in Machakos, where I discovered remarkable farming techniques. This is a novice innovation with great capacity in a water scarce area.
In Kathama, I connected with one Joseph Mwanzia; an ageing farmer who uses plastic film technology, which he learnt in Ghana. He was a happy man. By using the technology, he had increased his maize production three-fold.
From Standard Media. Story by Grace Mureithi-Korir
The plastic film technology; also known as plastic mulch technology is an incredibly effective technology which is highly reputed in various parts of the world. In China for instance; the plastic mulch technology has been used to cut down cost of production significantly as it effectively suffocates the weeds; thus reducing labour and herbicide use. In Africa though; this technology has been more beneficial as a way of effectively managing water stress and other drought related effects. The practice, which involves draping wet soil in a special kind of polythene film, increases crop yields incredibly; by conserving moisture; which is then made available for the intended plants to utilize for production.