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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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Uses of Turmeric
– The tuberous rhizomes or underground stems of turmeric have been used from antiquity as condiments, a dye and as an aromatic stimulant in several medicines.
– Curcumin, a phytochemical is the active ingredient in turmeric and has wide range of therapeutic effects.

Factors influencing the price
– Weather condition in Turmeric producing areas especially at sowing, flowering and harvesting stage.
– Demand for Turmeric seed from Spice manufacturers in India and Exporting Countries
– Government policies on Import and Export.
– Carryover stocks.


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