Over 20 onion farmers on the island of Epi are currently harvesting onions.

Assistant Agriculture Officer (AAO) for Epi, John Willie, has engaged onion farmers on the island of Epi, to do trials on onion planting.

The trial commenced on April 2019 starting with sowing of seeds and establishment of nursery then transplanting to gardens in May.

Another lot of seeds were sowed on July 2019 and transplanting of onion seedlings took place on August.

Onion planting season is the month of March to July annually.

“The aim of the trial is to see if onion can be grown all year around,” AAO Willie said.

“Onion seeds were distributed to farmers in the South, East and North East of Epi.

“Most farmers are currently harvesting their onions. I am expecting that more than 10 tonnes of onion will be harvested this year.

The Epi AAO said, “The number of onion farmers is increasing due to increased interest in onion farming.

“I encourage interested farmers to plant onions close to the hills. Onions grow well in cold places.

“If you want more information, come to DARD’s office at Walavea station,” Willie advised farmers on Epi.

Philip Omawa is one of the onion farmers in North East Epi who started planting onion this year. Farmer Omawa is currently harvesting his onion and so far, 40 kilos of onion have been harvested and sold at VT200 per kilo.

He became interested in planting onion after visiting an onion farm at Sara, South West of Epi. He was inspired to see how onion can bring income to a household.

“My interest grew after learning that onions can grow well on Epi and can generate income to my family.

“Planning ahead, in 2020, my family and I have decided to plant one hectare of onions.

I would like to encourage Epi farmers to continue to plant onions to meet domestic markets and maybe in the future it can be exported overseas,” farmer Omawa concluded.

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