A mouldboard plough is especially useful during primary tillage as it helps prepare the land for cultivation. It gets rid of weeds in heavily rain-fed and canal-irrigated fields. A mouldboard plough pulverises the soil so that the residue from previous crops and any unfavourable growth can be buried within the soil. It basically readies the soil for current season’s cultivation. A mouldboard plough is mounted to a tractor.
Uses and Benefits of Mouldboard Plough
• Vital for the maintenance of soil
• Improves the soil’s drainage characteristics
• Gives the soil a smooth structure
• Breaks clods
• No need of applying extra pressure as it adapts itself to find the desired depth
• Inverts soil to stop the growth of weeds and is essential where weed resurgence occurs frequently
• Creates a favourable environment for plants to encourage their healthy growth
• Protects farms from pests
• Allows for decomposition by burying crop residues.
Mouldboard Plough Specifications
• Number of furrows: 3
• Weighs about 35 kgs
• Maximum depth: 25 cm
• Working width: 90 cm
• Tractor compatibility: 50 plus HP
• Special wear-resistant steel bottoms with bar point
• Long-lasting due to bar point bottoms that can be reversed or extended
• Steel plate with square tube backbone
• Linkage category: II
Why Mouldboard Plough Popular in Africa
A mouldboard plough is of great use in hard African soils. It comes in handy where the soils are less fertile. African farmers face many challenges such as less arable land and unwanted growth of weeds. A mouldboard plough solves this problem as it can handle tough ploughing operations. It reduces cultivation time and allows farmers to get their work done more efficiently.