Meghalaya’s Lakadong turmeric gets Geographical Indication tag No. 741

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The Lakadong variety of turmeric from Meghalaya has been awarded the prestigious Geographical Indication (GI) tag No. 741. This recognition will help protect the unique identity of Lakadong turmeric and help farmers to market the authentic product.

The formal declaration, recorded in Journal No. 185 Part 1 by the Indian government, marks the successful completion of a four-year journey that began in October 2019.

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Agriculture Minister Ampareen Lyngdoh informed, “We are pleased to announce that GI has been awarded to Lakadong turmeric. I am very happy that Lakadong turmeric has received the GI tag. It is a blessing for the people of Jaintia Hills.”

Lakadong turmeric is known for its high curcumin content (7-12%), which is the compound responsible for its medicinal properties. It is cultivated organically in the Jaintia Hills district of Meghalaya and is prized for its superior quality and flavor.

Currently, around 14,000 farmers from 43 villages of the Lakadong area are engaged in cultivating the turmeric variety on 1,753 hectares of land.

The GI tag was awarded by the Registrar of Geographical Indications in Chennai on November 29, 2023. This is a significant achievement for the state of Meghalaya and will help to promote Lakadong turmeric as a premium product both domestically and internationally.

Besides the Lakadong turmeric, Garo dakmanda, Larnai pottery and Garo chubitchi also received the GI tag.

Dakmanda is a handwoven ankle-length lower garment that Garo women in Meghalaya wear as part of their traditional clothing.

Larnai pottery is made from black clay found in Larnai village, and this art has been passed down through many generations.

Chubitchi is a special drink made from fermented rice that the Garo community enjoys during celebrations and ceremonies.

The GI tag offers several benefits to the Lakadong turmeric industry. Firstly, it protects the geographical identity and reputation of the product, preventing unauthorized use and ensuring consumers receive authentic Lakadong turmeric. Secondly, it empowers farmers by enabling them to command premium prices for their produce and access wider markets.

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