Training course on onion postharvest technology and mechanization goes online

The Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PHilMech) trained 35 participants in its Online Training Course on Postharvest Technology and Mechanization for Onion last August 18-19, 2021.

The training activity allowed participants from different LGUs, Farmers’ Cooperatives and Associations (FCAs), and private sectors in Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Bataan, Tarlac, and Pangasinan to enhance their technical knowledge and skills on onion production and postproduction. The training likewise aimed to increase the adoption level for PHilMech-developed Multiple Row Onion Seeder in relation to addressing high labor demand and high onion production cost .

Ms. Helen Calica, chief of the Training and Technology Management Division (TMTD), in her opening remarks acknowledged interested technology end-users in the online training. She assured participants of hands-on activity to showcase the operation and maintenance of PHilMech Multi-Row Onion Seeder in the field setting.

The first day session of the training covered topics on the Onion Industry in the Philippines, Physical Characteristics of Onion, Land Preparation and Seedling Establishment, and Postharvest Practices. On the second day, Crop Management, Farmers’ Practices, PHilMech Multi-Row Onion Seeder, and Business Planning and Management were discussed.

Resource speakers during the training included Dr. Ma. Cecilia Antolin, Mr. Arturo Manipon, Ms. Jeanny de Guzman, Ms. Marietta Agregado, Mr. Francisco Alvarez, Engr. Marvin Estimada, and Ms. Kristina Luz Sebastian.

“We thank PHilMech for conducting this activity. As a new player in the onion industry, the topics laid out to us are really helpful to jumpstart our onion farming. Also, we really look forward to the hands-on training before the planting season starts,” said one of the participants, Mr. Jerry Guese, Chairman of Paroba Matamo Agriculture Association – Pampanga.

At the end of the training, Dr. Emelie Ablaza, SRS II – TMTD, commended the active participation of the trainees .She also reiterated physical conduct of hands-on and demo activities to respective areas of partner cooperators, and assured them of PHilMech’s continuous support of their farming endeavors.

This training course is part of the COVID-19 project of PHilMech entitled “Piloting of Modules for the Provision of Mechanized Planting of Onion and Other Vegetables”. This project is headed by Dr. Ma. Cecilia Antolin of the Socio-Economic and Policy Research Division.
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