ONION FESTIVAL: Outstanding Varieties Showcased

ONION FESTIVAL: Outstanding Varieties Showcased

Ramgo International Corporation, one of the major seed companies in the country, conducted an onion festival in its lowland research station in Bongabon, Nueva Ecija recently.

ONION FESTIVAL: Outstanding Varieties Showcased
Superex, a yellow granex type, with toppled leaves which means it is ready for harvesting. It is high-yielding and in demand by food chains.

The company showcased its outstanding onion and shallot varieties, aiming to encourage more people to go into onion farming because there has been a decline in local production despite the big demand for the spice vegetable.

Two outstanding onion varieties were featured. One is the Red Dragon which is a vigorous plant that produces uniform bulbs. The bulbs are bright red in color, compact and with long shelf life. The variety is also claimed to be resistant to bulb rot, damping off and diseases that are called ‘Jet’, ‘lis-lis’ and ‘spaghetti’ by farmers.

Another very promising variety showcased is the Superex, a yellow granex type that is very high yielding and is in demand by food chains for making sandwiches, sauces, onion rings and other preparations.

Ramgo also showcased a new variety of shallot which is like the Sibuyas Tagalog or Lasona in the Ilocos. It is propagated by seed instead of sprouts which could be susceptible to diseases. The new shallot is called Masseratti which produces uniform bulbs that are heavier than the ordinary Sibuyas Tagalog.

ONION FESTIVAL: Outstanding Varieties Showcased
Red Dragon has compact bulbs, bright red and with long storage life.
ONION FESTIVAL: Outstanding Varieties Showcased
Pamela Ong Chan, (left), Ramgo CEO, is shown at the onion festival with Rustan Supercenters Emily, Calingasion, Aljen Batayola, Rosebelle Andayon and Jason Villegas, Ramgo marketing manager.
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