BEST ONION, story no.26


YOU ARE A FARMER, a proud farmer. You always remember the most profitable harvest you have ever had. Right? Of course. Well, here is one guy who made his most profitable onion crop in 2011. Read on.

HAPPIEST ONION FARMER – When we visited Reynaldo โ€œAmangโ€ Ramos in his onion farm on February 5, 2011 in Bongabon, Nueva Ecija, he was the happiest onion farmer we had met in our long years of covering agriculture. Most of the time, we had met farmers who were losing in their onion farming due to low prices, pest and disease damage, too much rain and so on. But not Amang who had sold his best ever harvest from 8,000 square meters for a total of P1,290,000.

RIGHT VARIETY – He planted The Super Pinoy variety in early October 2010 on 8,000 square meters that he rented for P5,000. He made his first harvest on January 20, 2011 consisting of 6,000 kilos which he sold for P95 per kilo, thus grossing P570,000. On February 5, he made his second and last harvest of another 6,000 kilos that the sold for P120 per kilo, for a gross of P720,000. Thatโ€™s a total of P1,290,000.

NO IMPORT PERMITS – Amang mentioned two main reasons why onion price skyrocketed in early 2011. One was that onion from China, whether legally imported or smuggled, was curtailed. No import permits were issued by the Bureau of Plant Industry.

WRONG VARIETY FOR OTHERS – The other reason was that there was very little local harvest in January and February. Many other farmers in Nueva Ecija planted their onion crop at the same time that Amang did, but they planted other varieties that were severely damaged by the rains. In his case, he planted the newly released Super Pinoy which can tolerate wet weather conditions much better than other varieties in the market. It can be planted during the dry and wet seasons.

LESSON – Planting the right variety makes a lot difference in farming.

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