Thandaunggyi, 30 June
Residents in Leiktho town, Kayin State cultivate and produce turmeric, one of most useful herbs on a commercial scale.
The turmeric is categorized into two species, yellow turmeric and bitter turmeric. Yellow turmeric is grown on a commercial scale while bitter turmeric is found in the jungle naturally and bitter turmeric is used for medicinal purpose. Price for per viss of turmeric is set at K 700 for cultivation. When harvest season for turmeric starts, per viss of raw turmeric is sold for K 400 while the price for per viss of dried turmeric is around K 3,000.
Many local people in the area now expand cultivation of turmeric because the herb becomes marketable one. The harvest season for turmeric usually reaches in November and December.
Nwe Nwe Khaing (IPRD)
Translated by Kyaw Htike Soe