Published: September 2017
Over the past 60 years, agricultural output and productivity have significantly increased and plastic agricultural film for silage, mulch and greenhouse applications has made substantial contributions to this development. The use of plastic films has been notable in the horticultural industry, as well as in preserving and improving the quality of silage and contributing to continuously increasing crop and milk yields. Plastic films have also enabled the extension of cultivation in terms of the growing season and the location through the use of protective mulch and greenhouse films.
For players in the market the business is a challenging one with many conflicting trends. While plastic films can undoubtedly contribute to improved efficiency and output, growing concern about film waste and disposal is leading to growing interest in the use of biodegradable materials or utilising advanced technologies which enable recycling of those heavily contaminated films where it is economically and environmentally feasible.
The new study builds on and expands the European agricultural film report to the global level in order to assist companies in making key decisions in this area.