At a time when individuals are shedding livelihoods due to frequent lockdowns within the COVID-19 pandemic, girls rising turmeric in Odisha’s Koraput district seem to have discovered a foothold in a market that guarantees a perennial return for his or her natural crop.
The turmeric grown within the Laxmipur block of Koraput district is distinct because it accommodates between 5.5% and 6.66% of curcumin. The presence of curcumin will increase medicinal worth of the turmeric.
“The turmeric had, however, never given them the kind of return it should have given. IFFCO Kisan, which is into marketing of spices, recently placed an order for 20 metric tonnes of turmeric from turmeric producers groups promoted by the Odisha Rural Development and Marketing Society (ORMAS), a government agency, and a women’s self help group. They successfully delivered the turmeric consignment,” stated Roshan Karthik, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of ORMAS, Koraput.
Turmeric is being procured from the villages of Champi, Timajhola, Konapadi, Lachmani, Toyaput and Pipalpadar. ORMAS had offered monetary assist to self assist group, which used the help to procure turmeric from particular person farmers.
“IFFCO Kisan offered a price of ₹94 per kg, which was unheard of in the region. Earlier, middlemen used to procure a kilo of turmeric at a price from between ₹75 to ₹80. Now, farmers will get around ₹92 per kg. Farmers are now confident they will get a better price for their produce,” stated Mr. Karthik.
He stated that the corporate was focused on procuring 500 metric tonnes of turmeric yearly. Now, the publicity of turmeric farmers, principally tribals, to new markets, has instilled new confidence. In a backward area like Laxmipur, individuals have began bargaining with merchants for securing higher costs for his or her produce.
Apart from Koraput, Odisha’s Kandhamal district can be well-known for natural turmeric and has obtained the geographical indication (GI) tag. But farmers have suffered because the procurement was badly affected due to pandemic. Unscrupulous merchants weren’t providing prevailing advertising costs to farmers, making the most of the state of affairs.