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Philippines: Universities look to vertical farms 'to solve onion shortage'

Updated Jan 27, 2023
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and two universities - Tarlac Agricultural University (TAU) and Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology (NEUST) - have entered into a research collaboration to increase the country's onion supply. The rains of recent weeks have hit onion growers, so "innovations and technology-based solutions" are needed to address the problem, said Karen Dañez, the provincial director of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) region 3 . Onion prices have risen to P700 (11.79 Euro) per kilo during the holidays due to a lack of supply. But if the innovations of the two universities succeed, they will guarantee a continuous supply of onions all year round, mainly by planting the onions in a controlled environment, which increases the yield. Both ...
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