The yala cultivation of Bombay Onions was undertaken as planned due to the extreme drought the prevailed in the North, said the Northern Province Director of Agriculture.
Commenting further on this he said that, as Jaffna is concerned, it was planned to cultivate 382 Hectares with Bombay Onions. But we were able to cultivate only 77 hectares. There were two main factor for not being able to cultivate as expected.
First of them was that the Northern farmers did not show interest in the cultivation of Bombay Onions due to the extended drought.They showed more interest in cultivating red onions which could be harvested in 65 days. Bombay Onions seeds are purchased from Indian private companies and sold to the farmers. Rampur and Red Razic varieties are sold to the farmers.
16.5 hectares in Jaffna, 12.6 in Kilinochchi, 4.6 Hectares in Mulaitheevu, 23.9 Hectares in Mannar and 26 Hectares in Vavuniya have been cultivated with Bombay Onions. We also were unable to implement the seed production project as planned for this year, he said.