The Egyptian Onion Initiative
Better-quality onions, higher yields and profit per ha with lower environmental impact
What was the market situation?
Onions are one of Egypt’s most important crops in terms of local consumption and exports, as they are the third most important export crop after oranges and potatoes. In the past three years, Egypt’s average annual production was 2.5 million metric tons (mt) grown on around 70,000 ha. Of this total, 16 % was exported, mainly to Europe, the Middle East and Russia. Egyptian onions are in great demand, as they can be harvested in March and April, which for these export markets is earlier than in other onion-growing countries. Egypt’s total onion production represents 3 – 4 % of global production and 6 – 7 % of global exports. The main threats onion growers in Egypt have to tackle are thrips and downy mildew.
Ashraf Moghazy, Field Marketing Manager, Bayer Crop Science
What was the solution?
Bayer implemented a training program for Olam’s technical staff and seven major subcontractors on onion crop management, PPPs, onion pests and diseases, and BayG.A.P. 40 small onion farmers were also instructed in the same topics (except BayG.A.P.). In close cooperation with Olam, Bayer also carried out trials to test the efficacy of its PPPs on onion thrips and downy mildew with the aim of reducing the number of PPP applications and actives used while at the same time ensuring high produce quality and safety.