A total of 28 Indigenous Farmers from OsmeƱa United Indigenous People Association (OSMUPA) in Davao del Sur joined the Turmeric Plant Propagation Training conducted by the Department of Science and Technology XI (DOST XI) as part of the agency's Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (CEST) program. 

Turmeric or 'Luyang Dilaw,' is a plant belonging to the ginger family. It is commonly used as a spice for various food products and as a source of curcumin for medicinal purposes. The plant is extensively grown in multiple parts of Asia such as the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, and India. Turmeric is marketed as pure powder or tea blended with other herbal plants.

The plant has a bright yellow color used for food coloring and dyeing and contains antimicrobial, anti-angiogenic, and anti-inflammatory properties. 

The training for turmeric propagation was led by Mr. Mario Tuling,  professional agriculturist and Municipal Agriculture Head of Sulop, Davao del Sur, in partnership with  Cor Jesu College - Br. Polycarp iComDev Foundation Inc.

After the training, DOST XI distributed 334 kilos of turmeric rootstalk to the farmers to kickoff the application of the new knowledge from the conducted training.  

Mr. Jessie C. Olaman, the Tribal Chieftain and President of OSMUPA, believes that the conducted turmeric propagation training will further aid their livelihood and improve the residents' quality of life. 

Through the CEST program, DOST XI hopes to bring more Science and Technology interventions to farther and disadvantaged communities in the region. 

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