Yaseen Shabaz Malik
BARAMULLA, NOV 19: Onion the Territorial seed is a vegetable that is most widely cultivated species of the genus Allium. Onions are cultivated and used around the world as a food item.
The model village “Palhallan” of North Kashmir’s Baramulla district some 35kms away from the summer capital srinagar, which is known as the most volatile village in the kashmir valley but on the other side, the place is famously known as “The Territorial seed, Onion Growers”.
Winter is setting in and there is a sharp chill in the air, but early in the morning people (onion cultivators) can be seen hovering at the highway sides to sell the onion seeds.
Most of the population of the village, grows onion seeds in the ending days of August, & the harvesting time remains in November December, & eventually offer their hard laboured harvest for sale to street vendors on Srinagar Muzaffar Abad national highway.
We offer a stock of Onion seeds every year,Every Family grows an average of 3 kanals & then sell it to local refineries in nov december said Altaf Ahmed bhat (a cultivator).
This, more than anything, is the main source of our basic income he adds.
It Needs suitably fertilized land, proper water and chemicals on proper time said a cultivator, sohail ahmad sofi.
“We cultivates the onion seeds since 2000. We make good profit from it, and all family members work to grow best seeds”said head of a cultivators family.
From every corner of District Baramulla and other adjoining areas people wish to buy Palhallanian onion seeds, which are highly acclaimed and no doubt unique in itself,for the seeds ensures the farmers a good harvest.