Gensan farmers learn white onion production

Four farmers of the Vineyard Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Cooperative, Inc. (VARBCI) in Brgy San Jose, General Santos City went to Nueva Ecija to learn firsthand white onion farming techniques from Kalasag Coop.

On March 14, Jamir Taludsok, Alejandro Gansayan, Jonathan Bombales and Filo Vicente personally saw Kalasag’s successful white onion production from nursery management, land preparation, care and maintenance in vegetative and bulb formation stages, harvest and post harvest.

Kalasag Multipurpose Cooperative in San Jose, Nueva Ecija is composed of farmers turned entrepreneurs who regular supply large volume of white onion to Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC). It started in 2008 with 60 metric tons that grew to 200-600 MT annually. The cooperative is a beneficiary of Jollibee Group Foundation‘s Farmer Entrepreneurship Program that links small scale farmers to Jollibee’s supply chain.

VARBCI dreams of becoming like Kalasag with its own sorting machine, cold storage facility and delivery trucks. This March, it will start its varietal trial with two farming practices, their own and that of Kalasag’s. The success of the trial would mean VARBCI eventually supplying white onion to JFC as its market.

During the trial, Conrado & Ladislawa Alcantara Foundation, Inc. (Alcantara Foundation) and GenSan City Agriculture Office shall provide organizational and technical support to VARBCI.

If the trial becomes successful, the 292-member VARBCI will work as a cluster to meet market demand with the volume of onion they produce as a cluster with their defined selling price, as well as pool resources to reduce expenses and maximize income. The clustering approach will also foster responsibility and accountability among cluster members who will all work together to ensure successful production.

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