Corozal Onion Producers work out quota system Print E-mail
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Thursday, 04 August 2011 00:00

Belmopan, 3rd August, 2011 - The Chief Agriculture Officer and staff from the Corozal Agriculture Department met with onion producers to work out the details of the quota system for the upcoming planting season agreed to two weeks ago with producers from the other districts, namely, Orange Walk and Belize.  The intention of the quota system is to stagger planting, hence staggering harvesting in order to reduce the glut on the domestic market, the main reason for the annual marketing problem.  At the meeting it was agreed that all producers will plant a maximum of ¾ of an acre of yellow onions. Any producer that wishes to produce a larger area should plant either white or purple onions.

In order to improve coordination, reporting and marketing, it was agreed to divide the district into 11 sub-groups; each sub-group having a contact farmer that will liaise with staff from the Agriculture Department and among themselves.

The Ministry is hopeful that producers will adhere to the established arrangements so that the 2011/12 crop will be a success.