Why ginger farm­ers keep mov­ing

Down to Earth - - AGRICULTURE -

THE COST of cul­ti­va­tion of ginger comes to ` 8-10 lakh per hectare, says Sree­jil K, a farmer from Wayanad dis­trict in Ker­ala. Since they in­vest so much, farm­ers use a lot of chem­i­cals to en­sure their crop grows fast, looks fresh and gives more yield. Wide­spread use of chem­i­cals changes soil char­ac­ter, ren­der­ing it in­fer­tile. If ginger is grown in the same land again, there are chances of yield re­duc­tion, which means a re­duc­tion in profit. Farm­ers, there­fore, look for new soil.

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