Shillong, April 24: Meghalaya Governor Ganga Prasad on Monday said the State’s climatic condition is conducive for growing a variety of spices, the prominent ones being turmeric, ginger, chilli, black pepper, bay-leaf etc.
Prasad was speaking as the chief guest at the launch of the five-year Mission Lakadong 2018-2023 at a function held at State Convention Centre in Shillong.
This is a convergent Mission of the Directorate of Horticulture, Department of Agriculture with the Governor’s Secretariat, Community & Rural Development Department, Forest Department, North Eastern Hill University and Meghalaya Institute of Entrepreneurship.
“Jaintia Hills District is home to one of the finest turmeric varieties in the world and the most famous one being the Lakadong turmeric with a curcumin content of more than seven per cent is highly sought after by the market,” the Governor said.
He further added that Lakadong turmeric is a rare type of turmeric and has the potential to change the lives of countless farmers if its uniqueness is properly exploited, and there is an established demand for the variety and buyers who are willing to pay a premium for its quality.
According to Prasad, this chemical-free turmeric is much sought after for use in the cosmetic, pharmaceutical and food industry.
The Mission Lakadong was launched to lend exclusive focus on one of Meghalaya’s most well-known spices, the Lakadong turmeric, also known as the golden spice and to put in place targeted interventions aimed at the improvement of livelihoods of turmeric farmers by leveraging upon its default organic status and its high curumin content, which at more than seven per cent is the highest in the world, to capture and meet the demand for this valuable spice from markets and industries especially the pharmaceutical industry.