Recently, a high-yielding curcuminoid-rich variety of turmeric named CIM-Pitamber and the NBRI’s (National Botanical Research Institute) Keshari variety have been introduced in Nabarangpur (One of the Aspirational Districts) of Odisha.

Important points:

  • It is a high-yielding curcuminoid-rich variety of turmeric developed by Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CIMAP)
  • High yielding varieties (HYV) of seeds are those seeds which produce huge quantities of crops particularly wheat and rice.
  • Regular supply of water, maximum use of fertilisers and use of pesticides in an accurate proportion is needed to use these seeds.
  • In this variety, curcuminoid content is 12.5% more than the existing variety.
  • Curcuminoid is a substance derived from turmeric which has anti-cancer properties, anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, anti-diabetic and has several medicinal properties.


  • It can yield 50% more than the existing varieties of turmeric and help farmers. It is also tolerant to the leaf blotch disease of turmeric.
  • Turmeric with high content of curcuminoid is preferred by European nations and North America. Export and sale value will be more if curcumin content is more.

Keshari variety:

  • It is tolerant to low temperature and frost during winter. It has a longer growth period as compared to other varieties, which directly reflects higher fresh rhizome yield of high quality.
  • In comparison to other existing varieties, there is less problem of yellowing and falling of leaves in this variety during winter, which leads to extending the life period of this variety.
  • The total curcuminoid content is around 1.16 %, which is also more than other existing cultivated varieties of north India.



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