Onion is one of the most popular and sought-after crops grown in Belarus. A varietal onion growing experiment will be held in 28 rural schools of Homieĺ, Viciebsk and Minsk regions from February to September 2020 as part of an EU-funded project.
As part of the experiment, the participants are assigned 4 tasks:
1) to conduct a comparative study of four Dutch and two Belarusian varieties;
2) to test the seed and seedless methods of growing onions;
3) to identify the most productive and promising varieties for different regions;
4) to master the technology of growing onions with the help of seeds.
Throughout the duration of the experiment, its participants will receive advice from agricultural specialists. Thus, the educational institutions, on the basis of which the experiment is conducted, will become platforms where schoolchildren get acquainted with new types and varieties of crops, master effective and safe agricultural technologies, and can also acquire work and entrepreneurial skills.
The activity is part of the EU4Youth: ‘School Garden’ for Agricultural Entrepreneurship project, which aims to foster the employability and active participation of young people residing in disadvantaged rural areas of Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova in society and the economy by developing modern labour, leadership and entrepreneurial skills, and promoting new professional opportunities among them.
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