Why ginger farmers keep moving
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.