3 May 1996

Expansion for onions

ONION growers have experienced contrasting seasons, leading to tight market, says the British Onion Producers Association.

In 1994, yields were low and prices good, partly thanks to a global shortage. Encouraged by strong demand, growers expanded and new growers started production.

But last years hot, dry summer led to an oversupply of small 40-60mm onions. Although most of that has been cleared, BOPA says further expansion will strain harvesting and storage capacity.

If market demands for quality are to be met, increased crop area must be matched by further investment in infrastructure, says BOPA. Failure to do so could lead to the same financial hardship as seen in the late 1980s, it adds. &#42