Coimbatore

Turmeric farmers told to use modern technology for cultivation

As part of the two-day Turmeric Conclave, farmers visiting a stall at the exhibition held in Erode on Friday.

As part of the two-day Turmeric Conclave, farmers visiting a stall at the exhibition held in Erode on Friday.   | Photo Credit: M_GOVARTHAN

To enable farmers to tap opportunities in global turmeric market and update themselves in the latest technologies, a two-day Pon Manjal – CII Turmeric Conclave 2019 is being held at Vellalar College for Women here.

Organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Erode Zone, the first edition of Pon Manjal on the theme “Low Cost High Revenue Turmeric”, was inaugurated by Collector C. Kathiravan on Friday.

On the occasion, Mr. Kathiravan said that turmeric was a major crop that farmers confidently cultivated. About six tonnes of turmeric was produced across the country with major cultivable areas located in Erode, Talavadi, Coimbatore, Tiruppur, Salem, Attur, Namagiripettai and Dindigul. “India contributes 90% of the total global turmeric production,” he said and added that Indian turmeric was most sought by foreign nations due to the presence of high curcumin content. Mr. Kathiravan said that the country accounted for 60% of world exports followed by Pakistan, China, Jamaica and Peru.

The Collector said that the curcumin content in the turmeric produced in Erode, Coimbatore, Salem and Tiruppur districts was 3.5%. “Farmers should use modern technology for cultivation and processing turmeric,” he added.

N. Kumar, Vice-Chancellor of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, and D.M. Govinda Reddy, Deputy Agricultural Marketing Adviser, Directorate of Marketing and Inspection, Ministry of Agricultural and Farmers Welfare, spoke.

Organisers said that the conclave would focus on domestic and export market requirement, organic cultivation and certification practices, water and weed management, land preparation, nutrient and crop management, post harvest technology, value addition processing and e-Nam. Also, an exhibition on agricultural gadgets was organised and a buyer-seller meet was also part of the conclave.

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