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1. Modified mat nursery technology establishes seedlings in a layer of soil mix, arranged on a firm surface.
2. It uses less land and requires fewer seeds and inputs, such as fertilizer and water, reducing nursery costs by up to 50%.
3. After 15-20 days, the seedlings reach the four leaf stage, which favours quick establishment in the field and rapid growth and are ready for transplanting.
4. Modified mat nursery technology is much quicker than the 25-35 days required for traditional wet-bed nurseries.