The VegImpact team organized two successful onion field days in Pakokku and Myingyan on April 3 and 4, 2019. The event in Pakokku was organized at the company of our local project partner U Zaw Win and drew a crowd of 75 onion growers and traders. The second field day, conducted at the sales outlet and demonstration farm of Triple Nine in Myingyan, was attended by around 160 participants.
The official opening of the Omnivent pilot storage facility was a main part of the programme at both field days. During both occasions Mr Frederik Heijink, the Dutch Agricultural Counsellor in Myanmar, officiated the opening. In his opening addresses he emphasized the importance of cooperation between Myanmar and the Netherlands in achieving food security. On behalf of Omnivent, Mr Errol van Groenewoud and his Myanmar colleague Mr Joseph Dal Khan Suan gave explanations on the ventilated storage units that are installed at U Zaw Win and Triple Nine. The storage units will operate as part of the pilot activities aimed at reducing storage losses and maintaining product quality.
East West Seed field staff were also present at the field day in Pakokku. They provided a brief explanation of their onion field demonstration activities and distributed their leaflets with agronomic recommendations for growing a better onion crop.
During the opening session of the field day on the 4th of April Mr Myo Thu, Director of the Myanmar Trade Promotion Organisation under the Ministry of Commerce, gave an overview of Myanmar’s international agricultural trade performance. He highlighted the onion market requirements over the past few years in the international markets.
Bejo Seeds together with Kramer participated during the second field day at Triple Nine in Myingyan. The farmers could see the results of the Bejo field trials conducted in the dry season and compare the different Bejo hybrid onion cultivars with two local onion cultivars. The farmers and traders could compare the yields, colour and size of the different cultivars and were asked to choose their favourite.
Several of Bejo’s hybrids outperformed the local onion cultivars. Mr Thijs Hoveling and Mr Rob Bekker of Bejo / De Groot Slot explained the qualities of the different onion cultivars to the interested onion farmers from Myiangyan region. After this season Bejo will evaluate which of their onion cultivars are most suitable for cultivation in Myanmar and will decide on the commercial release.
Mr Thijs Kramer demonstrated the Kramer Pro-seeder during the onion field day. The advantages of the seeder is that it can save the farmers a lot of labour for transplanting and get the crop established quicker. The overall crop duration of the onion crop can be reduced in this way.
Triple Nine used the Onion Field Day to explain growers and other onion traders about their contract farming operations. The different seeds, agro-chemicals and other inputs as well as their farm mechanisation equipment of their joint venture partner Agrinova were also on display.
Results of the different onion production and storage pilot activities will be published later on this website.