Onions and Garlic
- Problems and Opportunities
- Pest Management
- Market Information (All Crops)
Onions are a major crop in Afghanistan.
- Priority problems of onions include: scarcity of suitable improved varieties, and IPM for onions and garlic: bacterial soft rot, basal rot, blue mold rot, botrytis leafspot, downy mildew, garlic mosaic, purple blotch and stemphylium leaf blight, rust, white rot, bulb mites, thrips, dodder, and nut sedge.
- Priority opportunities include: identifying a short day white or yellow onion that can grow through the winter in the milder/warmer parts of the country to fill an existing market gap, dehydrated onion for international markets (onion powder), and improved irrigation practices.
These draft priority problems and opportunities are based on input from Tom Brown, Alan Walters (SIU), and Donald Harper (USDA).
- Diagnostics Fact Sheet (UC Davis)
- Vegetable Production Manual Pashto
- Production Management of Onion and Garlic PPT as PDF (2.8 MB) (USAID/ADP-E)
- Fact Sheet (IFA)
- Nitrogen Requirements of Annual Crops (UC Davis)
- Water Management
- Common Insects in Onion and Garlic Production PPT as PDF (UC Davis)
- See also Pest Identification Cards and Pests, Pesticide Use and Safety Page
- Saving Seed Fact Sheet (AVRDC)
- 10 Principles of Postharvest Management Fact Sheet (UC Davis)
- Principles of GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) Fact Sheet (UC Davis)
- Harvesting, Curing and Storing Onions (UC Davis)
- Harvesting and Storing Onions : Videos (U of Maine and Kansas State U)
- General Postharvest Page
Market Information (All Crops)
Onion Wholesale Market Overview (Balkh Province, Afghanistan) Video