Farmers in Sariaya, Quezon plant a lot of vegetables like radish, ampalaya, tomato, cabbage, eggplant and more. But not onion. So in December 2018, Ramgo Seeds convinced Angelito Mendoza, 50, of Brgy. Mangalang to plant the seed company’s No.1 onion variety, the Red Dragon.
Mendoza set aside 300 square meters for the trial planting, using 1.5 packets of seeds worth P825. The crop was harvested on March 1, 2019 during a harvest festival attended by 70 farmers from different parts of Sariaya and officials of the High-Value Crops Development Program in the region.
What was the result? Mendoza was pleasantly surprised because for total expenses of P5,000 for 15 kilos of fertilizer, two times spraying with pesticide, land preparation and labor, he was able to gross P34,600 plus five kilos of ‘rejects” for home consumption. That means each square meter produced P115.33 and that is why he is determined to plant a bigger area to Red Dragon in the next planting season.
Mendoza observes that onion does not require a big capital to raise compared to other vegetables like tomato, ampalaya and others. Tomato and ampalaya require posts and trellises that are also expensive. They also require more pesticides as well as more farm workers which are also getting more expensive.
Red Dragon is a product of Ramgo’s own research efforts with a foreign plant breeding partner. It is high-yielding with high quality bulbs that have long storage life. It is also resistant to pests and diseases.
For more info on Red Dragon, inquire through their facebook page: Ramgoseeds and website: http://ramgoseeds.com