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Posted: Wednesday, April 19, 2023. 7:07 am CST.

Photo Credit: Bomba United Farmers Cooperative

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: The Bomba United Farmers Cooperative will hold Onion Field Day on Wednesday, April 19, in Bomba in the Belize District starting at 9:00 am.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security, and Enterprise (MAFSE) said the farmers from the Bomba United Farmers’ Cooperative will present the results from the experiments and will showcase the 25 varieties of onions they have harvested.

Minister of Agriculture, Food Security, and Enterprise Jose Abelardo Mai will speak on the Ministry’s drive to make Belize more self-sufficient.

The Bomba United Farmers Cooperative chairman Reynaldo Orellana said they have been cultivating onions over the last 18 years and have been planting ten different varieties.  He said in December 2022 they planted 15 other varieties brought in by seed suppliers for them to conduct the onion experiment.

Orellana said the experiment is working up to now.

Onions produced by the Bomba United Farmers Cooperative ready for market. (Photo Credit: Bomba United Farmers Cooperative)

“We are doing research so that the farmers know which varieties are better and what varieties of seeds are to buy,” Orellana said, pointing out that not all varieties of onions work at sea level.

“From the new varieties probably ten to 12 varieties, it seems, are going to work in this area,” Orellana said. He added that some of the varieties were brought in for the first time by the seed suppliers.

“Out of the 25 approximately 22 varieties can be recommended,” he said.

“In white, the best one is named Blanca Grande (big White), in purple we have the Red Star, and for the yellow varieties we have Raider,” Orellana said.

Orellana said that apart from making presentations on the different varieties they will also review the cultivation factors that should be taken into consideration such as plant management and soil analysis.

According to Orellana, they have been working closely with four seed suppliers, namely Agro Vet Giron, Semillas Raul, Agri Prec, and Seed Agents Agro Suppliers.

MAFSE and the Cooperatives Department have been following the experiment.



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