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Agripreneurship Alliance Awards – Onion Cultivation at ISTUS – Bushra Onion Production Group

Agripreneurship Alliance Awards – Onion Cultivation at ISTUS - Bushra Onion Production Group
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 Agripreneurship Alliance Awards – Onion Cultivation at ISTUS by Bushra Onion Production Group

By: Mohamed Aden

ISTUS demonstration farm is a farm that is used primarily to research or demonstrate various agricultural practices and it also serves for university students to study different planting methods and technologies, with any economic gains being an added additional benefit.

Following the Agripreneurship Alliance awards to 19 students from both 3rd and 4th year DEAM students who teamed up into two groups (Bushra Onion Production and Hanano Goat Fattening), Bushra Onion Production cultivated onion this growing season – Oct 2020 to March 2021 as per their business plan, they have harvested and put on the market 500 kg of onion from a space of 40 by 20 meters using drip irrigation and raised beds.

Students were systematically following and using good farming practices considering these critical factors:

  • Land preparation
  • Plant spacing
  • Availability of water and irrigation methods
  • Soil quality
  • Transplanting time
  • Mulching
  • Fertilization
  • Pesticide and weed management
  • Harvesting and
  • Marketing

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