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Talavera town launches ‘Sibuyas sa Paso’ project

The local government of Talavera town in Nueva Ecija is poised to kick-start a project called “Sibuyas sa Paso (onions in pots)” in March.

The project seeks to encourage residents to plant and grow onions in pots or small plots of land.

The government is providing training to residents in eight villages to prepare them for the launch of the project, according to Talavera Mayor Nerito Santos Jr.

The mayor said the project is a timely initiative that aims to raise awareness about the importance of planting vegetables, especially with the current high price of onions.

The project is also part of Talavera Vice Mayor Nerivi Santos-Martinez’s flagship program “Gulayan sa Barangay, Paaralan at Bakuran Project,” which started when she was mayor in 2013.

Since then, vegetable growing has become a lifestyle among the residents of the 53 villages of Talavera.

In the last month, an onion-seedling planting activity was conducted in the greenhouses of the town led by the mayor and vice mayor together with eight village officials.

According to the acting municipal agriculturist, at least 500 hectares of land in Talavera are planted to onions but the harvest is seen to start only in February.