Shillong, March 15, 2019
Trinity Saioo (52), an educator by profession has come a long way since 2003 when she first started Lakadong turmeric (a variety of turmeric, renowned for its cancer-fighting high curcumin content of up to 8 per cent) cultivation.
Her success story has been scripted on and off the camera for the last 16 years. At present, her yellow revolution in West Jaintia Hills (WJH) district in Meghalaya state is spread across one thousand acres of land producing the golden spice of India – turmeric which is yielding profitable returns to at least 900 women farmers of the state.
The Jaintia Hills in Meghalaya state produce at least three turmeric varieties – Lachein, Lakadong and Ladaw. Out of these three, Lakadong turmeric has been found to be good in its health benefits.
Way to success
Before getting into action with her yellow revolution, Saioo completed her training from the Agriculture and Horticulture Department(AHD) of Meghalaya. To help train the farmers from her village in Mulieh she has also collaborated with the Spices Board. They avail the subsidy for seed tubers. An organic certificate is also given to the farmers, making it easy for them to switch to the high yielding variety.
Initially, as her success story unfurled across the district, more women showed interest in the cultivation and eventually, she hired women from over 98 Self Help Groups(SGHs). Saioo has been instrumental in generating employment opportunities for several women.
Now, these women farmers led by Saioo hope to produce 50,000 tonnes of turmeric by 2023 collaborating with government and private companies across the country.
Saioo during an interview shared that overcoming the issue pests was a challenge altogether as local insects often destroyed the cultivation. So instead of getting an artificial solution, their team choose an eco-friendly alternative with use of cow-dung, cow urine and vermicompost. These eco-friendly solutions not only kept the insects away but also improved the quality of crops.