South set for early start Onion imports from the southern hemisphere can be expected to start earlier this year due to the variable quality of the UK crops, said Professor Geoff Dixon. There are high incidences of neck rot and the general appearance of bulbs is less attractive with rough skins and discolouration prevalent. Wastage in store is running at as high as 9%, twice the normal level. Holland which has enjoyed a far drier season, which caused the British problems, is already filling the gap. {{FRESH PRODUCE }}