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No takers for famed turmeric in Odisha’s Kandhamal

1st September, 2020 Art & Culture

Context: A year after the famed organic turmeric of Odisha’s Kandhamal district received the geographical indication (GI) tag; thousands of farmers who hoped to make a profit out of the tag are cursing themselves.

  • With COVID-19 sweeping across the region, the farmers have been left in the lurch due to procurement of the herb being badly affected by the pandemic.
  • Though Kandhamal saw a bumper yield this year, less than 20% of raw turmeric has been sold so far, leaving the rest of the produce with the farmers.

About Odisha’s Kandhamal turmeric:

  • Kandhamal is known for its indigenous variety of turmeric or haldi — a spice that holds an important place in Indian kitchens because of its strong aroma and healing properties as well.
  • 'Kandhamal Haldi', a variety of turmeric indigenous to southern Odisha, has earned the Geographical indication (GI) tag from Intellectual Property India, an organisation functioning under the auspices of the Union ministry of commerce & industry.

Reference: https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/no-takers-for-kandhamals-famed-turmeric-in-odisha/article32478711.ece