Barbados is set to save an impressive US$1.5 million in foreign exchange this year from not importing onions.
Board Member of the Barbados Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (BADMC), Peter Chase told members of the media today that the BADMC would not be importing onions any time soon, since local farmers have been able to produce a phenomenal onion crop of close to 300,000 pounds, that would last an estimated six months.
Chase said farmers started reaping the five-month crop in April, a process, which he said, should be completed by July. Chase noted that currently, all onions being sold in supermarkets were locally grown.
“BADMC would have facilitated by not importing onions. We had planned for it. This programme, we sat and we had meetings and we knew that we were coming to market with a plan. Therefore, we held off on the purchasing of imported onions much to the screaming of the retailers. All of the onions that Barbadians have been consuming in the last two to three months are local onions, and there are no complaints,” he said.
He explained that the good onion crop could be attributed to the marketing and field officers at the BADMC working with the Barbados Agricultural Society (BAS), to ensure that the crop was planted at the right time using the best varieties.