THE local farmers from Kyaukse township, Mandalay region grew about 1,008 acres of turmeric plantation in the 2021-2022 financial year. The plantation is currently started harvesting and yielding abundantly.
The turmeric price has also risen and brought the growers joy, said U Kyaw Win, a turmeric grower from Sapaetaw village. The turmeric plants are grown with a patch that is three feet wide and 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 soil and needed to be put in irrigation water to keep the soil moist.
Kyaukse township cultivated a total of 1,008 acres, including about 249 acres of turmeric in the Thintwe agricultural technology training centre, 750 acres in the Thindee agricultural technology training camp and nine acres in the Tamote agricultural technology training camp, according to the Township Department of Agriculture Land Management and Statistics.
Turmeric roots are widely used to make medicines. Spice is an important ingredient in treating arthritis, stomach ache and diarrhoea. Turmeric is used not only as a principal spice but also as a component in religious ceremonies in Southeast Asia. — Thet Maung /GNLM