Nizamabad: Nizamabad district farmers are sowing new variety of turmeric which is disease resistant and would give good yield when compared to traditional varieties. State Agriculture Department distributed new variety of Turmeric PTS-10 to the Nizamabad district farmers, which would give 30 quintals to 40 quintals yield per acre.
Nizamabad district farmers generally use Nizamabad, Armoor, and Guntur varieties of turmeric, which fall victim to diseases such as Rhizome rot, leaf spot, and wilt diseases. Due to these reasons Agriculture Department procured the PTS-10 variety from Salem district of Tamil Nadu and supplied to Nizamabad, Warangal, and Karimnagar district farmers. In Nizamabad district, agriculture officials supplied to this variety to 18 farmers of Yettonda village of Kotagiri mandal.
Srinivas, turmeric farmer, Yettonda said that, he has sowed PTS-10 variety in one acre and the crop was much healthier than traditional varieties. He said PTS-10 would get a better rate from businessmen because of high curcumin percentage. He said that this variety used less water than other varieties and drip irrigation could be used for this, required only two quintal seed to sow one acre crop where as traditional varieties required 10 quintals.