Polymers have been used in agriculture and horticulture since the middle of the last century. The growing use of plastics in agriculture has allowed farmers to improve the production of their crops while they restrict the pressure on the environment and improve the quality of the products.
The current use of plastics in agriculture results in an increase in production, the advancement of crops, a less dependence on herbicides and pesticides, a greater protection of food products and a more efficient water conservation. Plastics for agriculture have a fundamental role in these changes.
Plastics-based agricultural systems provide effective solutions for growing crops in different ways: in arid regions, for example, pipeline and drainage systems can reduce irrigation costs by one to two-thirds, while at the same time double the harvest yield.