Turmeric growers in Kyaukse happy with good price of stock

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Turmeric roots are widely used to make medicines. Spice is an essential ingredient in treating arthritis, stomach ache and diarrhoea.

Growers of Kyaukse township in Mandalay Region mainly cultivate paddy and grow other crops such as onion, chilli, cotton, banana, turmeric, edible oil crops, and legumes farmlands.
Now, the turmeric price has risen up again, and the local growers are making a handsome profit these days.
The turmeric plants are grown with a boundary that is three feet wide, one and a half feet high. There are two types of turmeric species.  Each species should be cultivated 5 inches apart from each other. Turmeric is a crop that grows well in the soil.
So, it needs to be well covered with the land and needed to put in irrigation water to keep the soil moist.
The turmeric plant starts to thrire after 120 days of cultivation. If the turmeric flowers are sold in the market, the growers will earn K 5000 per acre. After eight months of cultivation, the turmeric is to be dug, and each acre of cultivation produced 3,700 or 4,000 visses of fresh turmeric. If the turmeric is dried, it can have around 800 or 1,000 visses.
The fresh turmeric is priced at K 4,500 per basket while the dried one fetches K 2,400 per viss, said U Htay Oo, a turmeric grower from Kyaukse township.
Turmeric roots are widely used to make medicines. Spice is an essential ingredient in treating arthritis, stomach ache and diarrhoea. Turmeric is used as a principal spice and as a component in religious ceremonies in Southeast Asia. — Thet Maung (Kyaukse)/GNLM

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