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India: Punjab tells farmers to grow onion

Farmers in Punjab have traditionally considered onion a Rabi crop and have grown the vegetable only between November and April. Punjab’s horticulture department, however, thinks onion can be grown during Kharif season too. It has started motivating farmers to go for onion during the coming Kharif season and is providing prepared plants to interested farmers.

At present, nearly 500 to 600 hectares are dedicated to Kharif onion, against the 8,119 hectares under Rabi onion.

Punjab has a nearly Rs 450 to Rs 500-crore market for onions, but the state grows onion worth only Rs 100 to 125-crore. The remaining is purchased from Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and other onion growing states.

“If our farmers grow onion during Kharif season too, they can meet over 50 per cent demand in the state,” said Deputy Director, Horticulture (Jalandhar), Dr Satbir Singh.


Publication date: 4/2/2010


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