Low Tunnels which alternatively also called as “Plastic Tunnel” are small greenhouse-like structures, covering the plants along the row. These tunnels are erected with wire hoops and covered with clear plastic. The tunnels promote early growth by warming the air surrounding the plants, using heat from the sun. The tunnels also protect plants from frost that can destroy or damage them.
What are Benefits of Low Tunnel Farming ?
Ans: As we can see from above picture, low tunnel technology mostly covers the crops, which is very good in uncertain weather conditions such as hailstorm, large rain where there are most chances that the crops get damages. Apart from that there are nemerous other benefits of this like as below,
1) Creates suitable micro-climate for growth & development
2) Enables earlier seeding hence larger yields
3) Protecting the plants against insects and birds
4) Protects from hailstorms, frost, and heavy gusts of wind
5) More cushioning effect to the soil surface
6) Better Gas exchange capacity thus less suffocation to root
7) Reduction in the need for chemical treatment of plants
8) Used for off-season production
9) Better air/water and gas permeability.
10) Can provide local greenhouse effect
What are the Crops which can be cultivated under Low Tunnel ?
Ans: Various crops such as Melons,Tomatoes, green pepper, hot peppers, watermelon, pumpkin, strawberries and flowers, among others. This technology is also suitable for cultivation of Lettuce, Carrots, Radish, Cauliflower, Potatoes, Spinach, Leeks, Herbs, Shrubs etc.
Watch below the video which shows the actual farm demo using Low Tunnel Technology. The video has been shot at Bhutada village near Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. The mulching papers, low tunnel plastic is manufactured by Gujarat based Agriwin Fabric Pvt. Limited.
Where Can we find more information / resources about Low Tunnel ?
Ans : Excellent article written at “University of California” website.
References : http://www.agriwin.in/
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