Local News: By 2021, according to the Department of Export Agriculture, Sri Lanka will be self-sufficient in turmeric.
Approximately 1,500 hectares of turmeric have been cultivated so far, said Dr A. P. Heenkenda, Director General of the Department of Export Agriculture. They would yield a harvest of around 22,500 metric tons of raw turmeric by February 2021, he said.
He points out that even if the harvest of 4,000 metric tons is set aside for seeding, the rest will meet the turmeric demand of the country.
The annual consumption of turmeric in the country is 7500 metric tons and the amount of turmeric produced in the country in 2019 is only 1200 metric tons. The amount of turmeric imported in that year to meet the remaining requirement was 5,382 metric tons and it cost Rs. 1.2 billion.
Currently, importation of turmeric is banned and as a solution local farmers are encouraged to cultivate turmeric.
Due to the ban there is a severe shortage of turmeric in the country and racketeers are in full force smuggling turmeric from overseas. The police recently found three containers with 33,000 kilos of turmeric worth Rs. 110 million smuggled into the country.
Meanwhile, the All Ceylon Bakery Owners Association says bakery owners are faced with major concerns due to the shortage and the increase in prices of turmeric in the market as the spice is used in large quantities on a daily basis. More News