Dimapur, February 8 (MExN): Kisan Ghosthi programme was organized at Kiyezu-B village on February 7 for women farmers cultivating turmeric.
During the programme, the women farmers mentioned that they harvest 8-10 quintals of turmeric rhizomes from 1 bigha of land but due to lack of marketing platform and bad transportation turmeric rhizomes are sold to the middlemen directly at a minimal rate of Rs 2/kg after harvest.
The programme witnessed interaction between the farmers and extension functionaries where Sentibenla, ATM, Niuland Block deliberated on “Post Harvest Management of Turmeric”.
She advised about harvesting, processing, packaging methods, precautions to be made during storage of rhizomes by pest attacks such as rhizome scale.
Farmers can store cured turmeric for long if Turmeric bags are stored in a pit of 450cm deep with 300cm and 200cm sides which should be dug on raised ground. The pits should be allowed to dry for a couple of days and sides and bottom should be padded with a thick layer of paddy straw or any such material. After bags of turmeric are kept in the pit, they should be covered with a layer of straw or grass and then covered with soil.
She further cited examples of successful SHGs in other states which have generated very high income by taking up turmeric cultivation, processing their produce and have even established a platform in e-commerce and encouraged them to practice the same.
Demalu Hasnusa, BTM, Niuland Block distributed the seed money to the SHG group named “Tokulo SHG” and highlighted on the concept of utilizing the seed money.