How to get subsidy for mulching: Department of horticulture

How to get subsidy for mulching from the department of horticulture?

What is mulching?

Mulching is an advanced agricultural technology. It is a practice of covering soil by using any artificial or live things. For example, plastic mulch is a type of artificial mulch while soil mulch is a type of natural mulch.

It provides favourable conditions for growth and development of plant by suppressing weed and conserving the available soil moisture. Soil surface is covered under a loose layer of soil, straw, organic manure or plastic.

Also read: Drip irrigation government scheme

Importance of mulching

It creates a barrier to check evaporation and the growth of weed. Less weed means less competition for soil nutrients. It is a very useful technique in vegetable crops.

Conserves moisture by suppressing weed growth, regulating soil temperature and protection from sun and wind.


  • It helps in improving soil structure.
  • Maintains soil temperature.
  • Increases soil OM.
  • It checks soil erosion.
  • Also improves water infiltration rate.
  • It supports soil micro-flora.


High cost: Initial cost is very high. It includes the cost of installation and transportation.

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Types of mulch

There are different types of mulch. These are as follows:

  • Plastic mulch.
  • Soil mulch.
  • Green manure.
  • FYM.
  • Vermicompost.
  • Straw.

Among all the mulches, plastic mulches are very popular especially black polythene mulch but these are costly, that’s why we need to take advantage of government schemes. A farmer can apply for subsidy through the department of horticulture.

How to get subsidy for mulching from the department of horticulture: Procedure of application

Categories and subsidy

01.Scheduled Caste50-70%, even 90%
02.Scheduled Tribe50-70%, even 90%
03.OBC and General50-70%
50% subsidy for big farmers, 70% subsidy for small farmers, 90% subsidy for the farmers of special category

Also read: Packhouse Scheme Horticulture

We have to go through few steps to avail this scheme.

Steps to be followed are as follows:

  1. Collect required documents.
  2. Go to the development of horticulture.
  3. Verify your documents to stand eligible for the scheme.
  4. Ask for application form.
  5. Fill the application form.
  6. Submit the application form.
  7. Purchase mulching materials.
  8. Submit receipt.
  9. You will get the subsidy amount after the installation of the mulch.

Step 01: Required documents

  • Adhar card of farmer.
  • Bank details: Basic details such as name of bank, account number, IFSC code, etc.
  • Passport size photo of farmer.
  • Land records: B-1, nakal, khasra, etc.

Step 02: Go to the department of horticulture

Go to horticultural office. You can contact rural horticultural extension officer or senior horticultural extension officer.

Step 03: Verify your documents

A horticultural officer will verify your records. If eligible, you can apply for the scheme.

Step 04: Ask for application form

Step 05: Fill the application form

Step 06: Submit the application form

Step 07: Purchase mulching materials

Initially, a farmer has to invest 100% amount to purchase mulching materials.

Step 08: Submit receipt

You will receive a GST bill from the seller. This is proof of purchase. You have to submit this bill to the department of horticulture.

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