Turmeric imports halted | Sunday Observer

Turmeric imports halted

The Agriculture Ministry has decided to halt importing turmeric from India and Myanmar immediately.

A shortage of turmeric is evident now but it will become normal after a while, ministry sources said.

“Farmers will be encouraged to grow turmeric to meet the local requirement. About 5,000 farmers cultivate turmeric, and they will be provided with expertise, facilities and loans, Senior Assistant Director of Agriculture in the Kurunegala District R.M. Jagath Senadheera said. He said that a kg of turmeric powder is sold at Rs. 4,000 in Kurunegala now.