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No reasonable price for ginger: K’gala farmers

Ginger farmers in the Kimbulwanaoya, Madahapola, and Ganegoda divisional secretariat divisions face difficulties selling their produce at a reasonable price as private traders buy stocks at the rate of Rs.200 per kilogram.

Kurunegala is one of the major districts in the country’s ginger trade. It is grown in home gardens, as well as an inter-crop in coconut cultivations.

“We have to work tirelessly for six months before we can reap our harvests, but we aren’t satisfied with the income we get for our produce,” a farmer in the area said; “Therefore, we request the Minister of Indigenous Medicine to set up centres where farmers could sell their produce at a reasonable price.”

When the Daily News inquired from Ayurveda Physician R.M. Bandara of the Polgolla Ayurveda College about the medicinal value of ginger, he said it is a proven fact that man has used ginger as a medicine in the past.

“Ginger is used in several Ayurvedic remedies, including medicine used for flu, hypertension, and even cancer,” he added.

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