Turmeric (Curcuma longa) belongs to the Zingiberaceae family. The commercial part of the plant is its rhizome. It grows in light black, black clayey loams and red soils in irrigated and rainfed conditions with temperature ranging between 20 to 30 degrees. The crop cannot stand water-logging or alkalinity. Turmeric is used to flavour and to colour foodstuffs. It is used in cosmetics and in medicines.

Turmeric is ready for harvesting in 7-9 months. Sowing starts from May end with the onset of monsoon and extends till August while arrivals start from December – January and extend up to May across various producing centers.


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