SHILLONG, Jan 26: A woman from Meghalaya on the eve of Republic Day was conferred with the prestigious Padma Shri.
Trinity Saioo spearheaded the women led turmeric farming movement in Meghalaya, enabling the women farmers to triple their income.
A school teacher by profession who is also into farming she led 800 women in the Jaintia hills region to cultivate and boost the popularity of the indigenous, high curcumin content Lakadong variety of turmeric.
Saioo helped the illiterate women with organic certification, marketing, documentation to avail subsidies.
What started with 800 farmers, now has 100 turmeric SHGs (self help groups).
Under Saioo’s leadership Lakadong turmeric were exported to other states in the region and as far as the southern States of Kerala and Karnataka.
She also hepled in the state’s Turmeric Mission, mobilising growers and expanding the area of Lakadong turmeric farming.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma took to Twitter to congratulate Saioo for her achievement.
“Kong Trinity Saioo is a teacher and an enterprising farmer leading a workforce of 800 women who cultivate and export the world-famous Lakadong Turmeric from #Meghalaya. She is now a proud recipient of the #Padmashree award. I congratulate and commend her,” Conrad tweeted.
Lakadong Turmeric is a special variety of Turmeric from a place called ‘Lakadong’, in Jaintia Hills, Meghalaya. Lakadong Turmeric is known for its medicinal qualities, as the Curcumin content in Lakadong Turmeric is between 7 percent to 9 percent (last tested in 2019), which is one of the highest, as against 2 to 3% in most varieties of turmeric.