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Farmers advised to harvest turmeric by December end.

MULTAN -- Agriculture experts have advised farmers to harvest turmeric crop by December end when its leaf start drying up.

In a release issued by media liaison unit of Punjab agriculture department, experts said that farmers should water the field lightly 34 days before the harvest and cut the leaf when the field is wet.

Farmers should ensure that the land should neither be excessively wet nor should it be hard so that the turmeric be dug out easily and soil be removed from it without much hassle.

Crop be harvested by utilizing 'Kassi', a traditional earth digging tool. Some part of the yield should be left inside the soil if farmers wish to utilize it as seed for the next crop.

However, in case they wish to purchase the seed, then it should be kept at a shady place and covered by a four to seven centimetre thick layer of soil.

The harvested crop should be cleaned and boiled in water for an hour. When they become soft then these should be exposed before sunlight. The turmeric would dry up in eight to ten days.

The agriculture spokesman, however, cautioned farmers against boiling turmeric in cloudy or humid weather conditions stating that it then takes longer to dry up and its colour is affected. It, however, can be dried up by exposing it before heat for 810 minutes after application of rapeseed oil.

Farmers should then put the turmeric in a drum fitted with small blades and move the drum so that blades remove upper surface and make them look shining. Small sized and broken turmeric pieces be separated and equal sized or graded turmeric be packed in bags and kept inside an airy and clean storage.

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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
Date:Dec 3, 2014
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