Cabugao onion growers eye good harvest under DA’s plant-now-pay-later program

CABUGAO, Ilocos Sur, Feb. 27 (PIA) – Most farmers in this town expect a good onion harvest under the Department of Agriculture’s plant-now-pay-later program.

Benigno Piros, barangay chair of Rizal village, said onions belonging to the Batanes variety have been previously tested and were found suitable to the town’s soil quality.

“We expect a good harvest this year,” Piros, who led the farmers’ group, said.

Ester Aguimbag, coordinator of the DA’s high value crops development program, said at least 17 farmers began planting the Batanes onion in November last year and will continue throughout May this year.

Aguimbag said each farmer was given 20 kilos of Batanes onion totaling to 160 bags of onion bulbs under the plant-now-pay-later program.

Under the program, farmers will return a kilo of onion as payment for every kilo of onion bulbs that they received from the DA.

“The scheme will benefit other farmers because the onion bulbs returned will then be forwarded to other farmers,” Aguimbag said. (MCA/MOA – PIA1 Ilocos Sur)

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