These quality parameters in a crop such as onion are also inclusive of the bulb size: the bigger the size,the better the yields in terms of tonnage and “of course ,quality’’….but in most cases,this comes around to haunt the farmer where his produce is rejected by the buyers and the ‘’most interesting part’’ is because of the BIG SIZE/HIGH QUALITY bulbs.
So,what do we need the farmer to do?…. underfeed the crop to ensure he gets small to medium bulbs only? Avoid varieties which can give bigger bulbs?
Is it time for the farmer to get smarter?
YES it is, Agroinfokenya strongly advises that to beat around this,a farmer intending to do two acres of onion can use the principle of averaging in getting better returns from his harvests-this works if the market targeted is local and undefined. By using the knowledge of spacing and crop nutrition.variation of these two in each acre will guarantee the farmer big bulbs in one acre and medium bulbs in the other acre,then at harvesting,MIX the two and sell to the buyers.
………………what is your story in line with this, what is your experience?