Onion IRATI continues to make waves. Following Ross Bingley’s achievement of 110 tonnes/ha comes a report from Gweru in the Zimbabwe Midlands that literally made waves in the Bulawayo Chronicle. Gilbert Makore’s IRATI onion crop was the subject of a full page article entitled ‘Onion farmer makes waves’.
Former soldier Gilbert Makore of Vashee Vegetable Farm, working with Charter Seeds agronomist Ropafadzo Lunga, estimates he reaped an astounding 56 tonnes from 200,000 plants transplanted on 28 April. Harvest started on 28 July, a three-month growing period.
Most of the crop was sold as green onions. Excellent bulbs developed before the foliage dropped. Leaves were dark green with very little Thrips or Alternaria damage, to produce a highly attractive product with great appeal to potential buyers of green onions. The beautiful plants can be seen in pictures of Gilbert with the onions.
Gilbert has already sold most of his crop.
He is keen to try the new summer onion GOBLIN and will be sowing a small area in November.
We look forward to Gilbert and Ropa making a huge success of GOBLIN.