Meghalaya’s Lakadong turmeric, cultivated in the Lakadong region of the Jaintia Hills, has garnered widespread acclaim for its exceptional quality and distinctive aroma. Prized for its high curcumin content, ranging between 3% to 5%, Lakadong turmeric surpasses the standard curcumin content of 2% to 3%. This remarkable characteristic has propelled Lakadong turmeric to the forefront of premium turmeric varieties, earning it a reputation as the ‘black gold’ of Meghalaya.
The coveted Geographical Indication (GI) tag, conferred by the Controller General of Patents, Designs, and Trademarks, serves as a testament to the unique identity and origin of Lakadong turmeric. This recognition safeguards the integrity of Lakadong turmeric and distinguishes it from imitations, ensuring that consumers can access genuine Lakadong turmeric with its unparalleled quality and flavor profile.
The GI tag is not merely a symbolic honor; it holds immense economic potential for Meghalaya’s farmers and the state’s agricultural sector. With the GI tag, Lakadong turmeric can command premium prices in the market, enhancing the income of farmers and revitalizing the local economy. Additionally, the GI tag will open doors to new export opportunities, expanding the reach of Lakadong turmeric and establishing its global reputation.
The GI tag for Lakadong turmeric marks a pivotal moment in Meghalaya’s agricultural journey. It not only safeguards the heritage of this precious spice but also paves the way for sustainable economic growth and prosperity for the state’s farming communities.