Why Africa Needs To Be a Bigger Player in The Use of Agricultural Films

Over the past 60 years, agricultural output and productivity have significantly increased and plastic agricultural films 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.

Essentially, agricultural films are used to protect crops or fodder from the wind, rain, and other environmental effects that may damage the harvest or cattle feed. In the same manner, greenhouse and mulch films are used to protect crops, while silage films are used to extend the life of the fodder by safeguarding it from harsh environmental effects. Greenhouse films are used to cover greenhouse structures. These films can evenly distribute the heat within the structure. Mulch films are long sheets that are laid on farms, and crops grow through it.

For a continent that is bedevilled with so many plagues as regards our now growing the agricultural sector, Africa needs to take the bolder steps in the purchase, use and ultimate production of agricultural films as this help to improve the quality of products.

In light of the worlds growing food demand and shrinking of farmlands, Technavio came up with the Global Agricultural Films Market report. The report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the global agricultural films market for 2017-2021.

The report was prepared based on the in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. Which covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years. All the major regions contributing to the Agricultural Film markets like North America, Europe, India, Japan, China, South America, Middle East and Africa are covered in this report. The global Agricultural Film report shows the competitive landscape view based on the target customers, revenue generation, agricultural Film market scope and production capacity.

Also, it gives in-depth analysis of Agricultural Film market dynamics, market presence, raw materials involved, and Agricultural Film manufacturing cost.

The use of agricultural films in enhancing the quality of agricultural produce cannot be overemphasised. It is therefore against the backdrop of this report that governments in Africa need to be awake to this technological advancement for better agricultural production.