Nitesh R Pradhan
Gangtok, Sept 12
Farmers of Sikkim today gathered in Saramsa to welcome and interact with world renowned scientist, Japan’s Dr T Higa to learn about the innovative Effective Microorganism technology which was pioneered by Dr Higa in 80s and has since gained wide popularity across the world. Dr Teruo Higa, founder of Effective Microbes (EM) technology had an interactive meeting with over forty farmers near Saramsa Garden today
Dr Higa was introduced to the farmers by D. N. Sapkota former Chairman Agriculture Board and himself a pioneer in introducing EM technology in Sikkim.
Dr T Higa, while thanking the farmers and people of Sikkim for the hospitality stated that there are many effective microorganism in Sikkim which increases more productivity.
He stated that yesterday he has a wide ranging meeting with officials while he is in the field to analyse the conditions here. Further he also appreciated the efforts of the farmers for a good organic farming practiced in the Himalayan state of Sikkim.
He stated that proper management of microorganism is a blessing and it makes the environment clean and pollution free.
Adding on, he stated that Sikkim can reap rich benefits from the EM Technology which can boost the agricultural and horticultural productivity of the state through the proper usage of this innovation.
He also gave a demo to the people on its usage while also giving many suggestions to improve and detect effective Microorganisms for plants and crops.
“Such practices are good not just good for environment but also the producers and consumers,” said Dr Higa.
It was also informed that application of EM can also prevent wild animals from entering the field and destroying the crop.
Interactive session was also held with local farmers who queried with the scientists about EM technology which was followed by felicitations to Dr T Higa and to other progressive farmers of the area.
Dr Higa suggests remedies using EM for Large Cardamom disease and Mandarin Oranges.
. Dr Higa along with his team from Japan and Mr Madan Mohanka Chairman of the Maple Orgtech Group visited the farm of Mr Kailash Thapa Magar (who has won state and national awards for his success in kal nunia variety rice production) and inspected various crops planted in the field.
He observed that the fields using EM had positive energy emanating while those without had weak energy fields. Dr Higa congratulated the farmers for their success in organic farming and making the state of Sikkim recognised all over the world as an organic state. He said the use of EM technology would bring about positive results not only in terms of their crops but also in overall health and happiness of the farmers. He answered questions which the farmers had, regarding various pests and diseases and offered solutions to farmers using EM technology. Dr Higa also distributed felicitations to local farmers and a student who had excelled in organic farming and EM use and enjoyed an organic lunch of ethnic food with them.
Later Dr Higa visited the large cardamom field of Mr Saroj Rai of Namcheybong and was shown the disease of phurkey affecting the crop which was resulting in the cardamom plant dying within 3-4 years as against a lifetime of 10-15 years earlier. Dr Higa suggested the use of ground charcoal and salt with EM solution for the disease and said he was confident that it would be arrested. A similar solution was offered for orange plants affected by die back disease. It may be recalled that Dr Higa in his lecture yesterday had suggested the creation of a magnetic field using bottles of EM solution and charcoal around crop fields for warding off attacks of monkeys and wild boar. In his final day in Sikkim the world renowned professor form the University of the Ryukyus in Okinawa expressed happiness at the extent of green cover and postive energy in the state and said it was a model for the whole world to emulate.