Spices from Meghalaya, especially Lakadong turmeric and ginger powder, are in high demand in European markets.
For the first time, both the spices have been shipped from Meghalaya to The Netherlands and United Kingdom.
This development was informed by Meghalaya Agriculture Minister Banteidor Lyngdoh in Shillong on Wednesday.
While, the Lakadong turmeric was sourced out of Lakadong area in West Jaintia Hills, ginger powder was sourced out of Ri Bhoi district.
“150 kgs of Lakadong turmeric and 150 kgs of ginger powder are out for The Netherlands. Meanwhile, 210 kgs of Lakadong turmeric and 5 kgs of ginger powder have been shipped to United Kingdom,” Banteidor informed.
The export of the two spices were sourced out from women’s self-help groups in the districts of West Jaintia Hills and Ri Bhoi.
Earlier in May, IDH – the sustainable trade initiative, along with Government of Meghalaya, hosted a Market Linkage Platform meeting for spices produced in Meghalaya.
The meeting, facilitated under State Government Meghalaya on Meghalaya Livelihood and Access to Market Project (MeghaLAMP), brought together private sector players, farmer cooperatives and Farmer Producer Organisation to discuss ginger, turmeric, and black pepper value chains in the State.
The platform meeting received an overwhelming response from industry stakeholders with over 100 participants, representing leading spice sector private players from ground spices and extraction businesses, ingredient-based businesses, and exporters supplying to the Netherlands, USA, and EU markets.