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Introduction to Super absorbent polymer (SAP)

Introduction to Super absorbent polymer (SAP)

What is SAP?


Super absorbent polymer (SAP) is a polymer that can absorb more than 300 times its own weight in water. The water retained by the SAP can be absorbed through the root system of all kinds of agriculture crops, plants, vegetables and flowers, improving the drought tolerance of the plants and reducing the cost of irrigation.


Polymer application in Agriculture


Polymer application in agriculture is a technique of burying Super absorbent polymer (SAP) into the soil to act as a reservoir of water in drought-prone areas. Its application allows dry zones/ land to be fertile again and can consistently act as a water reserve for the crops/ plants.
SAP can also be used as a form of time-release fertiliser when the polymer is soaked in liquid fertiliser. It does not dry up through evaporation. Reduces the need for frequent fertilisation and irrigation, which in turns save cost for the farmer.


Improving plant mortality


SAP improves plant mortality and acts as a form of stabiliser for crops when the planting conditions are not ideal. It improves the development of the plants root system by providing a reservoir of water to promote stable growth.


Usage in Agriculture


SAP is highly versatile and can be used for all stages of planting. From seed germination to mature tree transplanting, SAP can be used to reduce the mortality of the plant and to improve planting conditions.


Areas where SAP can be utilised in Agriculture
• Nursery
• Transplanting
• Exporting as a soilless medium
• Planting
• Root dipping

 

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