Here is a turmeric success story. A field experiment was conducted by scientists of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). They tested a new variety of turmeric with high curcumin content and it yielded positive results.
The climatic condition, the topography and the soil of Meghalaya are good for horticulture. Khasi Mandarin Oranges, Bananas, Pineapple and many indigenous fruits like Sohion are grown here in plenty. Spices like ginger, turmeric, black pepper, large cardamom and chilly are cultivated too. With proper marketing returns to the farmers can be improved.
We Have a Turmeric Success Story to Share With You
We came across a report published by All India Coordinated Research Project on Spices (AICRPS), a project of ICAR, on a turmeric success story, where a field test on a new variety of turmeric developed by Indian scientists showed positive results.
Highlights of the turmeric success story report:
- A new variety of Turmeric, Megha -1 was introduced in Meghalaya and tested in the Ri-Bhoi district during 2013-14.
- Developed through clonal selection from Lakadong Turmeric to improve yield and reduce risk of leaf blotch and leaf spots
- Eleven Self Help Groups (SHGs) with 122 farmers from nine villages participated in the program.
- Totally 7.5 hectares were put under cultivation of the new turmeric variety.
(I Hectare = 1, 07, 639 Sq. Ft or 10,000 Sq. Meters)
The Return to Farmers:
- Mean average cost of cultivation: Rs. 92, 856 per Hectare
- Gross return: Rs. 2, 34, 460 per Hectare
- Net return: Rs. 2, 41, 604 per Hectare
From planting to harvest, turmeric needs around 300 days (9 to 10 months). Sowing happens in March/April.
For post-harvest management of drying and powdering a processing unit has been installed in Laskein, Jaintia Hills. Meghalaya Rural Development Society (MRDS) is providing support to run the plant and market the products.
A Federation comprising 30 SHSs is managing the plant. The processing capacity is 300 Kgs dry and 1,500 Kgs fresh turmeric per day.
This variety of turmeric has 6.8% curcumin content. (Source of the above two images) Farmers of Meghalaya may want to look at growing this variety after reading this turmeric success story, don’t you think?
Team Zizira met with a few turmeric farmers in July 2015. You can read this real-life, first person, story here.
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