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ZimTrade engages Dutch onion expert

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ZimTrade has engaged Dutch national Hans Van Leeuwen, a senior onion expert with over 45 years’ experience in the production of the vegetable, to provide expert advice to local growers. The engagement is part of the projects’ activities stipulated in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between ZimTrade and PUM Netherlands in April 2016, where PUM shall provide technical interventions as well as expert advice to small and medium scale farmers in the horticultural sector. The interventions are aimed at enhancing productivity and export competitiveness through on-farm training. The expert, who is currently in Zimbabwe, is exploring and assessing onion production, with the aim of introducing a pool system. A pool system is common practice in the Dutch agriculture system, whereby growers will bring in their produce together. The produce is graded and stored in a warehouse and will be sold during off season periods when they fetch premium prices. According to the expert, the critical points in this pool concept are to maintain a good onion quality in and off season. – Herald

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