Myanmar exported nearly 200 tonnes of turmeric roots to China last December, according to border trade authorities.
According to official statistics, Myanmar sent some 52.5 tonnes of turmeric roots to its largest trade partners during the week ending on December 29, mainly through the Muse border point, earning some US$37,537. The figure shows a decline in volume by 28 tonnes compared with the previous week’s total of more than 80 tonnes.
A tonne of turmeric root is worth Ks968,825 (US$715), according to wholesalers trading at the Muse (105th-mile) Trade Zone. Myanmar also exports turmeric roots to India, Singapore and Malaysia.
Turmeric roots are widely used to make medicines. The spice is an important ingredient in treating arthritis, stomach ache and diarrhoea. Turmeric is used not only as a principal spice but also as a component in religious ceremonies in Southeast Asia.