Lakadong turmeric- the wonder spice from Meghalaya- will now be available in the United States of America (USA) after a US firm collaborated with Farmer Producer Organisations (FPOs) to manufacture nutraceuticals from the turmeric.
The Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, in this regard, launched the famous 'Lakadong' turmeric in the US through video conferencing on December 17.
Praising the farmers of Meghalaya on the occasion Tomar said that the Centre stands with them shoulder to shoulder for the progress of the food provider of the country.
He also assured all possible aid from the central government for the development of the agricultural sector in the northeastern states including Meghalaya.
Lauding Chief Minister Sangma for his commitment towards rural development, Tomar said, "Today, the fame of his own state's turmeric has reached worldwide."
"More such efforts are needed and new FPOs should also be created in the state so that small and poor farmers are benefitted from such steps," he added.
He said that Meghalaya which is rich in natural beauty has immense potential in the field of agriculture and medicine.
Tomar said that about 80 per cent of Meghalaya's population is based on agriculture and the farmers are growing other crops including the best quality turmeric under different climates.
He said, "India is the world's largest producer of turmeric which contributes more than 80 per cent to global production."
"According to estimates for the year 2019-20, India produced 9.40 lakh tonnes of turmeric from an estimated area of 2.50 lakh hectares," he added.
It may be mentioned here that India is also the world's largest exporter of turmeric and Indian turmeric receives a premium price in the international market.
"About 16 to 17 per cent of the turmeric produced in India is used for export purposes including turmeric powder, curcumin powder, oil and oleoresins," Tomar said.
He further informed that turmeric exports from India have increased considerably in the last few years.
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