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Meghalaya’s Lakadong Turmeric gets GI Tag

By Amigos IAS

Why is it in the news?

  • Lakadong turmeric, a product of Meghalaya, has been awarded the Geographical Indication (GI) tag.
  • Lakadong turmeric boasts a curcumin content ranging from 7 to 12%, significantly higher than the 2 to 3% found in regular turmeric.
  • The elevated curcumin levels contribute to heightened health-aiding properties, as curcumin is known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.
  • Due to its rich curcumin content, Lakadong turmeric is believed to impart more vibrant colour and robust flavour to culinary dishes compared to regular turmeric.
  • It is organically grown in Meghalaya, emphasizing its natural and sustainable cultivation practices.

 Additional GI Tags Conferred

  • Garo Dakmanda, a traditional dress from Meghalaya, has received the Geographical Indication tag.
  • Larnai pottery, representing the traditional pottery craft of the region, has also been awarded the GI tag.
  • Garo Chubitchi, an alcoholic beverage with cultural significance, has secured the Geographical Indication tag.
Geographical Indication (GI) Tag

·       The GI tag is a recognition granted to products with unique qualities, characteristics, or reputation attributable to their geographical origin.

·       It emphasizes the link between the product and its geographical location, highlighting the cultural and traditional aspects.

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