We Now Grow Onion in Kerala!

Onion is not something traditionally cultivated in Kerala, but onion cultivation is taking root in a big way in the state. Thanks to sustained efforts of Thrissur Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Onion cultivation is picking up momentum in as many as eight districts of Kerala. People are growing onion in fields, backyards and even terraces, The Hindu reports.

The research findings of Jalaja Menon in identifying varieties suitable for the soil and climatic conditions in the State have given the right impetus for the new crop culture.

Onion farming has been accepted by farmers in Palakkad, Thrissur, Wayanad, Ernakulam, Idukki, Kotrayam, Alappuzha and Thiruvananthapuram districts. “The seedlings have to be planted in October and March will be the harvesting time. Porus soil with sufficient irrigation facility is the best. Onion can also be grown in grow bags,” says Dr Jalaja.

Even as the farmers who embraced onion farming are enjoying their harvest, Dr Jalaja is exploring further possibilities in the field.

The harvesting in the experimental plot of Dr Jalaja was of a different kind and eye-opening. It was not of one variety but of 19 varieties grown for a comparative study of their productivity.

The harvesting was inaugurated by U Jaikumaran, Professor & Head, Agricultural Research Station, Mannuthy, recently.

How to cultivate onion? Here’s a video clip: