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20th December, 2021 Geography



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  • Agri tech firm AgNext Technologies, in partnership with Spices Board of India has deployed its innovative curcumin testing technology for assessment of Lakadong turmeric.



  • Lakadong turmeric is grown in the Jaintia Hills, Meghalaya.
  • Lakadong turmeric is globally considered to be one of the best quality turmeric with high curcumin content (between 7-12%), as compared to other varieties of turmeric where the average curcumin content is measured between 3-5%.
  • Meghalaya’s Lakadong turmeric is renowned for its highest curcumin content in the world.


Significance of Curcumin Testing Technology

  • This is the first time in Meghalaya that AI-based technology is being used for rapid quality assessment of Lakadong turmeric.
  • Traditional testing time of turmeric can take hours, and depending on the distance, it can even take days for the test results to come back.
  • This leads to loss of time and resources for both farmers and traders.
  • Rapid quality testing helps to mitigate these losses by analyzing curcumin content in less than 1 minute.