Published on: October 7, 2023

National Turmeric Board

National Turmeric Board

Why in news? Government of India notifies constitution of National Turmeric Board in Telangana


  • The board will be constituted under Ministry of Commerce and Industry
  • It will focus on the development and growth of turmeric and turmeric products in the country.

Board Constitution

  • Board will have a Chairperson, appointed by the Centre.
  • It will have members from the Ministry of AYUSH, Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Ministry of Commerce & Industry and senior State government representatives from the three states on a rotational basis.
  • Selected national/State institutions involved in research, representatives of turmeric farmers and exporters will also be members of the Board.
  • A secretary will be appointed to the Board by the Commerce Ministry.

About Turmeric

  • It is a flowering plant in the ginger family with Perennial, rhizomatous(plant stem that sends out roots and shoots from its nodes), herbaceous plant
  • Leading producer: Maharashtra,Telangana, Karnataka and Tamil nadu
  • Turmeric powder has a warm, bitter, black pepper-like flavour and earthy, mustard-like aroma.
  • It is a flavouring agent in many Asian cuisines, especially for curries, as well as for the dyeing characteristics

Climate and soil:

  • It grows in diverse tropical conditions from sea level to 1500 m above sea level
  • Turmeric is native to the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia
  • Temperature: 20-35 C
  • Annual rainfall: 1500 mm or more under rain fed or irrigated conditions.
  • Soil : Well-drained sandy or clay loam soils