December 7, 2023
Lakadong Turmeric: Awarded Geographical Indication (GI) Tag
- Meghalaya’s Lakadong turmeric recently earned the prestigious Geographical Indication (GI) tag, cementing its reputation as one of the finest varieties globally. This recognition highlights its unique properties and origin in the Lakadong area of Jaintia Hills.
Unveiling Lakadong Turmeric
- Renowned for its exceptional curcumin content, ranging from 6.8 to 7.5 percent, Lakadong turmeric stands out for its distinct dark color and organic cultivation devoid of fertilizers. Its exclusive cultivation in the Lakadong region attributes to its high curcumin concentration, distinguishing it among other varieties.
- Curcumin, a polyphenol compound found abundantly in Lakadong turmeric, demonstrates remarkable effects at both the molecular and cellular levels. Its prowess extends to benefiting inflammatory conditions, metabolic syndrome, pain management, and support for inflammatory and degenerative eye conditions. Additionally, curcumin exhibits favorable impacts on kidney health, predominantly owing to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Meghalaya’s GI Products
- Apart from Lakadong turmeric, Meghalaya celebrates other products adorned with the GI tag. Garo Dakmanda (traditional dress), Larnai pottery, and Garo Chubitchi (alcoholic beverage) share this prestigious recognition, showcasing the diverse heritage and craftsmanship of the region.
Significance of Geographical Indication (GI) Tag
- The GI tag serves as a hallmark denoting a product’s specific geographical origin and unique qualities derived from that region. Primarily associated with agricultural products, foodstuffs, beverages, handicrafts, and industrial items, it provides legal protection under the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999. This protection lasts for ten years and can be renewed subsequently, safeguarding the authenticity and reputation of the designated products.
- Lakadong turmeric’s GI tag serves as a testament to its unparalleled quality and distinctive attributes. This recognition not only elevates the prominence of this revered variety but also underscores the significance of geographical indications in preserving and honoring unique regional products.