Transporting manually harvested onions from the field.
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During a manual harvest the onions are pulled out of the ground, their stems are clipped, cleaned by hand and put into jute bags, weighing about 35 to 45 kg.

Transport of a onion crop from the field during a manual harvest

Just to get an idea of the amount of work that is done during a manual harvest of onions.

White onions in Baja California, yield over 50 tons per hectare

300 hectare of high quality white onions to be harvested manually.

White onion manual harvest

During a manual harvest the onions are pulled out of the ground, their stems are clipped, cleaned by hand and put into jute bags, weighing about 35 to 45 kg, sometimes even more.

The manual harvest of 300 hectare of white onions Mexico

The Mexican law requires: shade and toilets for the people in the field.

Jute bags to transport the onion harvest from the fields in Mexico

The jute bags are placed in long rows in the field, from where they are transported by enormous trucks to be taken to a temporary warehouse.

Those jute bags fulfill a very important role in the harvesting process in Mexico. Have a look at: Mexico, manual harvest, and the secret of jute bags.

Transporting the white onions from the field in Mexico

When the trucks arrive, all those heavy jute bags are loaded onto the truck by the fieldworkers.

15000 tons of bagged and stacked onions in Mexico

15,000 tons of bagged and stacked onions in Mexico, waiting to be graded and packed. Imagine the amount of work! All those bagged and stacked onions are carried to the grading and packing line.

semi-automatic onion packing line for onions

Once graded and bagged, they are loaded on the same big trucks to be transported to the market, often hundreds of kilometers away.

Imagine the amount of work for a harvest of a field of 300 hectares with a per hectare yield of 50,000kg.

This means the manual manipulation of 375,000 bags of 40 kg.

1. Filling the bags in the field,

2. Placing the bags in rows on the field,

3. Loading the bags on big trucks,

4. Unloading the bags at the warehouse,

5. Carrying them inside and placing them up to 2.5 meters high on top of each other.

Pressure damage during storage in bags.

Pressure damage over filled bags

When the bags are too full, the result is: pressure damage. The squares are losely filled bags

During all this handling of those thousands of bags with onions special care must be taken that the bags are not filled too much otherwise the onions suffer severe pressure damage as shown in the drawing.

The Mexican law starts requires: shade and toilets for the people in the field.


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