Mr. Damewanami Suchiang
West Jaintia Hills, Meghalaya, India / Altitude 1275 MASL
About The Farmer
Damewanami is responsible for supplying The Sabor Co. with some of the finest turmeric, native to the northeastern state of Meghalaya in India. The variety of turmeric is called Lakadong and is known for having the highest curcumin content in the world, upwards of 8%.
Damewanami, a lecturer at a state-owned university in Meghalaya, started cultivating Lakadong turmeric in 2016 purely as a hobby at his family-owned farms. The total land holding of about 2 hectares, comprising small to medium-sized home gardens.
Practicing indigenous methods of cultivation that include no use of pesticides or chemical fertilsers, other crops grown on his farm include corn and beans.
Most of the workforce found at their family farms are women from diverse backgrounds who meticulously craft the harvest, while enjoying financial independence as a fruit of their labour.
Over the years, as he learned more about turmeric cultivation and the yields went up, Damewanami had a strong desire to share his produce with consumers across the country and the world.
He now travels throughout India to showcase his produce while educating people involved in the food industry about the benefits of Lakadong turmeric.
Damewanami also closely works with other farmers in his community to educate them about cultivating lakadong turmeric, ensuring that he can further scale up his operations as the demand for his native variety of turmeric grows.
The manure comprises cow dung, and ashes from rice stalks. No chemical pesticides are fertilisers are utilised at the farm.