Bayambang expects bountiful onion harvest next year

 BAYAMBANG — Onion farmers in the town are assured of bountiful harvest after receiving supply of pesticides to avert another armyworm attack.

Artemio Buezon, the municipal agriculturist, said increased production of red onions planted in October will be harvested by February or March next year.

About 1,500 hectares are planted to red onions and another 80 hectares for white onions, he said. More than 1,000 farmers are involved in onion growing in the town.

The Department of Agriculture has provided pesticides to stop armyworm infestation.

An onion farmer spends from P120,000 to P130,000 per hectare but he stands to earn from P50,000 to P100,000m per hectare in profit, Buezon said.

 Most of the farmers are located in Manambong Sur, Manambong Norte, Manambong Parte, Amancosiling Sur, Amancosiling Norte and San Gabriel.

The average volume of production reaches 20 tons in single cropping per year.

Bayambang is Region 1’s leading onion producer.

Onion farmers are visited by staff of the Municipal Agriculturist Office for technical assistance. They are also sent to training to upgrade their knowledge and skills, Buezon said.

Last year, onion farmers suffered a big setback due to armyworms infestation that prompted the local government to declare a state of calamity. (PhilStar Wire Service)

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