Ginger Market Suffers: Extortion by militants and Apathy of Government
Eastern Panorama|July 2020
Lack of government support coupled with trouble and unrest in hilly region pushed the ginger farmers of Assam to go for an alternative. Situation goes to such an extent that for farmers, ginger cultivation is no longer ‘viably cultivable crop’ and in hilly region of the state, farmers start shifting to other ‘long term items’.
Sarat Sarma

Till 2010, the state recorded a huge quantity of ginger production annually. Ginger produced, specially in Assam’s Karbi Anglong and then NC Hills (present name Dima Hasao) is known for its quality and organic aspects. Other popular ginger belts includes two lower Assam districts- Nalbari, Borpeta, two east Assam districts – Sonitpur, Darrang, three upper Assam districts – Golaghat, Sibsagar, Tinsukia and central Assam’s Nagaon district.

Three fourth of total ginger production of the state is from the two hill districts. Better quality and medicinal value of the product of the hilly region is internationally popular. Two influential tribes –Kukis and Karbis are involved in ginger cultivation.

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