Village Growing High Curcumin Turmeric in Meghalaya

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Village Growing High Curcumin Turmeric in Meghalaya

You may have read our post on high curcumin turmeric that is exclusive to Meghalaya called Lakadong Turmeric. There is a growing demand for curcumin (the pigment in turmeric that has health benefits) and hence for high curcumin turmeric. Interestingly Lakadong turmeric is grown only in a small region in the state of Meghalaya.
If Lakadong is a high curcumin turmeric and if it is grown in a small region, one would assume that farmers who grow them will get good return on their investment. And, they would be looking at ways of increasing production. Is this happening? How is this special high curcumin turmeric grown? Where is it grown?  Are buyers lining up to buy their produce?
Read on to find out the answers as team Zizira takes you to village Mootyrchiah in the West Jaintia Hills District of Meghalaya and gets you first-hand reports from two lady farmers who grow this special spice. Lakadong, high curcumin turmeric, is grown exclusively in a few villages in the West Jaintia Hills district of Meghalaya. Farming is the main source of income in Mootyrchiah village and most farmers are growing Lakadong Turmeric.
mootrychiah village jowai
Here is Mootyrchiah Village in Jaintia Hills District of Meghalaya. Rustic, scenic and vibrant, as are most areas of Northeast India. Most farmers here grow Lakadong Turmeric
waterfalls laskein village
A waterfall in Laskein, close to Mootyrchiah where Lakadong Turmeric grows

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pristine Lakadong turmeric
Farmer Mera Law too is into Lakadong Turmeric cultivation.
Farmer Mera Law too is into Lakadong Turmeric cultivation.
The Zizira team met two dynamic lady farmers, Pristene and Teimon, from this village. They belong to Self Help Groups (SHG) of West Jaintia Hills that grow high curcumin turmeric Lakadong. The SHGs work under a Federation, called 'Life Federation', formed in 2007 and located at Laskein village. The Federation has a factory with 6 dehydrating machines, a grinding machine, a packaging room, oleo-resin extracting machines and a greenhouse. All these are shared by its members. Pristene Thyllei is the president of an SHG called ‘Sein Pynbhalang”. Ms Teimon Shylla is the secretary of another SHG called “Lakhihlang”.
Turmeric is the root of the plant and the whole crop is harvested at one go by uprooting. For the next crop, selected pieces of the harvested turmeric are planted (the 'mother rhizome' is planted - the central part of a cluster of turmeric roots). From these new turmeric plants grow! Did you know that this village has always used the previous harvest's turmeric to grow the next crop? So, the cultivar  has come down generations. They have not used any other source! "What we plant has come from our forefathers - from one crop to the next!" said Pristene. The pride in her voice was noticeable and rightly so.

Hard Work Goes Into Tending These High Curcumin Turmeric Plants

Turmeric takes up to 10 months to mature. The field is readied in the month of March by cleaning the dried foliage and burning them. In April the field is ploughed and pieces of turmeric from the most recent harvest are sown. The farmers weed often to avoid pests in Lakadong turmeric. "In order to protect the spices from pests, we weed the field every 45 days and add manure like cow dung, pig manure and chicken manure. Excess heat can burn and  damage the turmeric plants. To protect the plants from heat, we cover the stem with mud mixed with cut plants. If we are consistent with the care we give, then our yield will be good" the farmers said.
Dried Lakadong Turmeric pieces
Dried Lakadong Turmeric pieces
Given the increase in demand for curcumin, you would have expected the farmers growing turmeric with high curcumin content to be doing really well. But, what the farmers said was surprising. Find out for yourself! Have you used Lakadong turmeric? Please share your experience and feedback on this valuable and exotic spice of Meghalaya. Do you wish to buy organically produced Lakadong turmeric powder from farmers like Pristine? You can buy it right here in our store.  Try it and give us your feedback. Buy Now Lakadong Ker


24 Responses

Miramon Suting
Miramon Suting

July 08, 2020

The ratio from fresh to dried turmeric is 1:5

ALHAD SABADRA
ALHAD SABADRA

July 08, 2020

How much is the yield per acre of Turmeric using traditional Farming practices ?

venugopal
venugopal

July 08, 2020

Hi,
Thank you for sharing information. Where should i get turmeric seeds for trail and what is the price per kg?
Can you please give answer the below query?
some one told it reduce weight to 50% when seeds dried for 20days.eg:- if we dried 10kgs turmeric seeds is it reduce to 5kg?

venugopal
venugopal

July 08, 2020

Hi,
Thank you for sharing information.
Can you please give answer the below query?
some one told it reduce weight to 50% when seeds dried for 20days.eg:- if we dried 10kgs turmeric seeds is it reduce to 5kg?

Dadaso Misal
Dadaso Misal

July 08, 2020

hi sir,
how many fresh yield and after the dry Ratio lakadong variety.

Praveen Rao
Praveen Rao

July 08, 2020

Hi sir
Excellent info on Lokadong and their hardship to get such a quality produce in such remote areas. where to contact if one wants to buy Lakadong mothers rhizomes for one acre
trial in Hyderabad.

Kevin Jyrwa
Kevin Jyrwa

July 08, 2020

Hi Vrushab,

Thank you for writing to us.

We would like to inform you that we source the finished product directly from the farmers. We do not deal in or supply seeds for agriculture.

However, you can contact the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) NEH Region by visiting their website: http://www.kiran.nic.in/contacts.html

Regards,
Zizira

Kevin Jyrwa
Kevin Jyrwa

July 08, 2020

Hi Praveen,

Thank you for writing to us.

We would like to inform you that we source the finished product directly from the farmers. We do not deal in or supply seeds for agriculture.

However, you can contact the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) NEH Region by visiting their website: http://www.kiran.nic.in/contacts.html

Regards,
Zizira

Arun Lyngdoh
Arun Lyngdoh

July 08, 2020

Mr. Padhatre,
I am Mr. Arun Lyngdoh from Meghalaya, Shillong, I read your interest to set up a unit in our state and yes you are most welcome and I a local entrepreneur would assist you along.

Arindam Paul
Arindam Paul

July 08, 2020

Great info on Lakadong…have some queries…what is the approximate curcuin percentage in Lakadong?…where to connect of one wants to buy Lakadong mothers in large quantity?…and most importantly how are the quality or the Curcumin availability in the cultivar guaranteed?

Hope to receive your response on the above queries at the earliest

Thanks

Soopaia Kharmawphlang
Soopaia Kharmawphlang

July 08, 2020

Hi Arindam,

The curcumin content of the Lakadong variety always varies. But, the different test always shows a curcumin content of more than 7 and less than 7.8.
Because we source the finished product from the farmers, we cannot guarantee the curcumin content in the cultivar. It should be more or less the same as the powdered form from what i belief.

If you are looking at bulk supply of 10kgs, feel free to check them from our store. Here’s the link>>https://amzn.to/2GU6avX

Thanks!

Soopaia Kharmawphlang
Soopaia Kharmawphlang

July 08, 2020

Hi Sundarbabu,

Zizira dry turmeric with curcumin levels above 7% will be available at our stores shortly. Kindly give us your email id. We can contact you once its available.
For any other related inquiry, you can always reach us at support@zizira.com

Thanks!

Vrushab
Vrushab

July 08, 2020

For production of lakadong turmeric we need its seeds in maharashtra. How it is avilable for me. Plz inform

Badal Nyalang
Badal Nyalang

July 08, 2020

Hi Olga,

It is great to hear of your interest in this unique produce of Meghalaya. We did meet with several farmers and each time we hear of their hardship, we become more determined to try harder and work towards opening markets for them. It would be great to hear of your venture and work for a common objective. Thanks.

Ajay Kudale
Ajay Kudale

July 08, 2020

Hello!
Great share by Ms. Vilasini Kumar,really significant contribution, thanks!
Being a business consultant working on Turmeric & Spices, would love to be business associate for helping in marketing of this wonderful product/s.
Best regards,

Sundarbabu
Sundarbabu

July 08, 2020

Hi, Need contacts for suppliers who can provide Dry turmeric with curcumin level above 7. Please write to me viramexports@gmail.com / +91-9886331223

Soopaia Kharmawphlang
Soopaia Kharmawphlang

July 08, 2020

Hi Ajay,

Thank you for writing in. We’re glad that you would like to work with us. For the same, you can write to us at support@zizira.com

Thanks!

Badal Nyalang
Badal Nyalang

July 08, 2020

Hi Phadatare,

Thanks for writing in!

As for your query, I would recommend a few of our post that might be useful to you.

Turmeric Farmers of Meghalaya Waiting for Demand to Grow
Lakadong Turmeric (Curcuma Longa) has High Curcumin
Turmeric Success Story – Megha Turmeric-1 with high curcumin
Turmeric, a miraculous Indian spice [Infographic]

These post will help you have a better understanding on the quality and quantity of turmeric grown in this region.

And it really feels great that you are considering setting up a processing unit in the region as it would definitely help the farmers of the region. For this you can contact the agricultural department of Meghalaya http://www.megagriculture.gov.in/.

Hope it was helpful!

Iris Voorhees
Iris Voorhees

July 08, 2020

Hello,
I have read again the history of your villages and the determination of you two ladies to continue family tradition to produce the highest quality of turmeric. I am proud that you have traditions at heart and hope you never change. I believe in turmeric and use it daily so I am interested in how you progress. It is amazing…from a small area of farmers and much dedication comes this miracle spice I call medicine! My wish is that you can continue under difficult conditions and never give up on your dreams. I have put this on my FaceBook page and promoting you!! I may have found a place in India that may be able to ship to me, The Circa Group. Are you familiar with them?
Thanks again for replying to my previous message. My dream is to come to India and experience the traditions of a great nation.
Have a wonderful day.

Iris Voorhees

Badal Nyalang
Badal Nyalang

July 08, 2020

Hi Iris,

Great to hear from you!

And thank you for sharing your thoughts with us, it is overwhelming to see your interest in what we are doing and our traditions. Turmeric is indeed the main source of livelihood of the farmers of Jaintia Hills district of Meghalaya and not to forget, till date they are using the traditional farming methods which makes the produce traditionally organic.
Zizira is moving ahead with our discovery spree as we explore and discover the unique produce of the region and make the traditional farmers famous! You can even download a recent report we compiled on the agricultural potential of Meghalaya, trust you’ll love it.

Thank you for promoting us through your Facebook page, it means a lot.

As for the Circa Group, we didn’t know about them; we heard of them from you and they do look promising, glad that you found a source from Northeast India. And if someday you do visit India, don’t forget to visit Meghalaya and the Northeast India for that matter, you would love the tradition, food and the landscape here!

olga richards
olga richards

July 08, 2020

Such a good news that you grow traditional variety every year and in natural way ..being in hilly area helps as drainage is good and in the hills medicinal quality is higher then on flat and low lying areas..we cultivate probably the same variety in Western Ghats, near Amboori , Kerala in very natural way and as you , we have great results ,,the place is remote hill area with full biodiversity between traditional fruit trees and forest variety black pepper …lets see if we could establish some cooperation and support for our king of spices Turmeric … best regards

M.M.Dwivedi
M.M.Dwivedi

July 08, 2020

Need Planting material of Lakadong turmeric for trial in M.P. state state. Any trusted source? Kindly help.

Ibansara Shullai
Ibansara Shullai

July 08, 2020

Hi M.M.Dwivedi,

Thank you for visiting our website!

In regard to your post we would suggest you to kindly contact the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) NEH Region by visiting their website: http://www.kiran.nic.in/contacts.html

They will be able to provide you with all the required information about Lakadong Turmeric.

Thanks,

Zizira

M.R.Phadatare
M.R.Phadatare

July 08, 2020

We need more information about Turmeric production in North east, as we have our processing units in Sangli district of Maharashtra state. we are interested to put small to processing unit of turmeric, if there is potential.
phadatare

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