Turmeric farmers suffer due to poor demand, low prices

Shillong: Long known for its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties due to presence of very high curcumin content, the Lakadong turmeric has the potential to change life of farmers of Meghalaya but the situation in the frontier state is just the opposite as a majority of farmers want to turmeric-growing due to poor demand and market price.

As  Homran Lanio, a member of Lakadong village council, said, “We are no longer interested in turmeric farming as there is no buyer.”

He said,  “Now we are producing turmeric only for domestic use.”

It is significant that Lakadong turmeric is a much sought after because of its high curcumin content (5.5) and benefits in curing chronic intestinal problems and diarrhoea. It is a location specific variety grown in Meghalaya.