Govt notifies setting up of National Turmeric Board
New Delhi, Oct 4 : Government on Wednesday notified the establishment of a National Turmeric Board in Telangana, which would be aimed at increasing consumption of turmeric and developing new markets internationally to increase exports.
The decision was taken during the union cabinet meeting, held earlier today.
The board, which will be set up in Nizamabad in Telangana, will promote research and development into new products and develop on our traditional knowledge for value-added turmeric products.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 1 during his visit to Telangana, had announced the setting up of the National Turmeric Board in Nizamabad.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur told media persons after the cabinet meeting that the board will help increase turmeric exports from India to $1 billion by 2030.
The board will have a chairperson, who will be appointed by the Centre.
It will have members from the Ministry of AYUSH, departments of pharmaceuticals, agriculture and commerce ministry as well as senior state government representatives from three states (on a rotation basis), select national or state institutions involved in research, representatives of turmeric farmers and exporters, and a secretary, who will be appointed by the commerce ministry.
India is the largest producer, consumer, and exporter of turmeric in the world.
In 2022-23, an area of 3.24 lakh hectares was under turmeric cultivation in India with a production of 11.61 lakh tonnes.
More than 30 varieties of turmeric are grown in India and it is grown in over 20 states in the country.
The largest producing states of turmeric are Maharashtra, Telangana, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu.
The National Turmeric Board will provide leadership on turmeric-related matters, augment the efforts, and facilitate greater coordination with the Spices Board and other government agencies in the development and growth of the turmeric sector.
There is significant potential and interest the world over on the health and wellness benefits of turmeric, which the board will leverage to further increase awareness and consumption, develop new markets internationally to increase exports, promote research and development into new products, and develop on our traditional knowledge for value-added turmeric products.
It will especially focus on capacity building and skill development of turmeric growers for harnessing greater benefits out of value addition.