Common name          Onion

Scientific name          Allium cepa

Family name    Allium

Shona          Hanyanisi


Onion is a tropical and sub-tropical vegetable, an economically important bulb supported by a thick network of fibrous roots. It grows to an elaborately arranged bunch of cylindrical leaves which may be dark green of yellowish green, depending on the variety (there are many varieties of onion and different colours too) under consideration and it maturity stage.

Onions are grown around the world (of which there are a lot of varieties) for many purposes but the primary purpose is the use of onion as part of the human diet– where it may be eaten raw, baked, roasted, salted, pickled, grilled-at various stages of its growth curve. Value addition in onion is meant to give convenience of handling, consumption, market satisfaction and manipulating the onion shelf-life.

Industrial uses of onions range from laboratory science specimens to non-chemical control of pests and diseases in agriculture, as well as dye manufacturing.

Our iQFarmer Onion Manuals will introduce you to the practical and profitable onion farming, covering:

  1. Varieties and Types
  2. Seeds
  3. Land Preparation and planting
  4. Production Management: weed control, fertilisation, irrigation
  5. Disease and Pest Control
  6. Physiological Disorders
  7. Harvesting and Handling
  8. Value Addition
  9. Climate-Smart Agricultural Practices (CSAP)
  10. Onion Economics and Entrepreneurship

You will also find a program on onion production which we hope will help you to select the most cost-effective solutions and profitable combinations in setting up a profitable agricultural enterprise.

Farmbiz Onion Manual


Farmbiz Onion Program