In a significant development, Meghalaya’s Lakadong turmeric has been honored with the prestigious Geographical Indication (GI) tag, as announced by state Agriculture Minister Ampareen Lyngdoh. This recognition is expected to bring several advantages to the farmers, including access to a competitive price and a distinctive marketing proposition for their produce.
Unique Features of Lakadong Turmeric: Lakadong turmeric, cultivated in the Lakadong area of Jaintia Hills, stands out for its high curcumin content. With a curcumin level ranging from 6.8 to 7.5 percent, it is considered one of the best varieties globally. This turmeric variety is grown naturally without the use of fertilizers, resulting in its distinct darker color.
Benefits for Farmers with GI Tag: Minister Ampareen Lyngdoh highlighted the positive impact of the GI tag on Lakadong turmeric farmers. The GI recognition not only bestows authenticity but also ensures that farmers receive a competitive price for their genuine product. Furthermore, the GI tag provides farmers with access to discerning buyers who seek the authentic Lakadong turmeric.
Extent of Cultivation: Approximately 14,000 farmers from 43 villages in the Lakadong area cultivate this unique turmeric variety on 1,753 hectares of land. The cultivation is characterized by the absence of fertilizers, contributing to the natural and pure attributes of Lakadong turmeric.
Additional GI Tags: In addition to Lakadong turmeric, the Geographical Indication tag was also conferred on other products from Meghalaya, including Larnai ceramics, Garo Chubitchi (an alcoholic beverage), and Garo Dakmanda (traditional clothing). These recognitions further emphasize the diverse and unique cultural and agricultural heritage of the region.