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Turmeric Board set to be a reality

Published: 30th Nov, 2023

Context:

Turmeric used to be a Poll issue in Nizamabad District of Telengana (2014 and 2018 Assembly elections and 2019 General Election). Formation of Board announced by PM.

National Turmeric Board Overview:

  • Legal Status: The National Turmeric Board operates as a non-statutory body.
  • Administrative Oversight: It falls under the purview of the Ministry of Commerce & Industry.
  • Board Composition:
    • Chairperson: Appointed by the Central Government, responsible for providing strategic direction to the Board's activities.
    • Secretary: Appointed by the Department of Commerce, responsible for the day-to-day administration of the Board.
  • Board Members:
    • Ministry Representatives: Officials from the Ministry of AYUSH, Departments of Pharmaceuticals, Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Commerce & Industry of the Union Government to offer governmental perspectives.
    • State Government Representatives: Senior officials from three states on a rotational basis to ensure regional considerations.
    • Research and Industry Experts: Representatives from select national/state institutions involved in turmeric research and industry.
  • Turmeric Stakeholders: Representatives from turmeric farmers and exporters to advocate for the community's interests.

Objectives of the National Turmeric Board:

  • Increasing Awareness and Consumption: Initiate awareness campaigns promoting the health benefits of turmeric to elevate its consumption within India.
  • Collaborate with the Ministry of AYUSH to encourage the use of turmeric in traditional medicine systems like Ayurveda.
  • Developing International Markets: Conduct market research to identify potential international markets for turmeric and its products.
  • Facilitate Indian turmeric exporters' participation in international trade fairs and exhibitions.
  • Collaborate with the Ministry of Commerce & Industry to negotiate favorable trade agreements benefiting turmeric exports.
  • Research and Development: Invest in research and development to create new turmeric-based products, exploring both culinary and medicinal applications.
  • Document and preserve traditional knowledge related to turmeric for future generations, ensuring ethical use.
  • Capacity Building and Skill Development: Organize training programs for turmeric growers, emphasizing modern cultivation techniques, sustainable farming practices, and post-harvest handling.
  • Provide workshops to enhance farmers' skills in areas such as organic farming, pest management, and irrigation practices.
  • Ensuring Quality and Food Safety: Develop and enforce quality standards for turmeric and its products to comply with international regulations.
  • Implement food safety measures across the turmeric supply chain to ensure products meet high-quality standards.

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