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KANDHAMAL TURMERIC WITH GI TAG NOT SELLING

Focus: GS-III Environment and Ecology

Why in news?

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 farmers.

Background and Details

  • The famed organic turmeric of Odisha’s Kandhamal district received the geographical indication (GI) tag in2019.
  • With COVID-19 sweeping across the region, the farmers have been left in the lurch due to procurement of the turmeric being badly affected by the pandemic.
  • Taking advantage of the COVID-19 restrictions, unscrupulous traders have been quoting per kg turmeric price.

Specialty

  • ‘Kandhamal Haladi’ for which GI tag has been received is a pure organic product.
  • Tribals grow the herbs without applying fertiliser or pesticide.
  • The aromatic value and golden yellow colour of ‘Kandhamal Haladi’ make it different from the rest.
  • With more than 60% of the geographical area covered with hills and forest, Kandhamal offers suitable agro‐climatic condition for cultivation of various spices mainly turmeric, ginger, mustard and tamarind.

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-Source: The Hindu

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