DA Building Onion Storage Plants

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DA Building Onion Storage Plants


MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Agriculture (DA) will be setting up onion storage facilities in four provinces by the end of this year to reduce post-harvest losses in high value commercial crops.DA's Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech) identified the four provinces included in the High Value Crops Development Program as Nueva Ecija, Mindoro, Ilocos Norte, and Ilocos Sur.PhilMech Executive Director Ricardo Cachuela said these areas are major onion producers and close to other provinces that also produce the crop in abundance."Onion is one of the cash crops for farmers in areas like Region 1 and 3 and Region 4B, but farmers could earn more from onion if we are able to reduce post-harvest losses from around 20 to 25 percent," Cachuela said.Cachuela explained that the facility holds loosely stored onions in bulk or bags in a shed structure with good ambient air circulation, as well as cool and dry storage conditions because too much heat or moisture could shorten the shelf life of onions.The onion hanger facility, which is a two-storey structure that costs P1.5 million each, can store between 2,000 to 3,000 bags of onion. …

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