This is the first time this group is trying out onions and since the nursery beds have already been set up, a very close monitoring by experts is going to remain necessary. Red creole is the popular standard variety in high demand because of its nice keeping quality. It produces mainly single onions, red, flat-round and with a pungent taste.
So the group is currently targeting to start with quarter an acre for learning whereby they have sowed 250g of seeds. The seedbeds were raised to 1.0M and lengthened to the groups own convenient; they were able to come up with three beds. The seedlings are expected to be on the nursery for the next 2 months for them to attain the pencil size before transplanting.
The training majored on Introduction, nursery preparation, sowing, weed control, pest and diseases, harvesting and finally marketing. What surprised most of the farmers was the idea of removing soil from the bulbs once they have fully swollen o get sun boost. The groups follow up is in progress and we will feature all the processes as we carry on.