CM for making agriculture fashionable and lucrative to attract youths
Sikkim to be Self-reliant and self-sufficient food grains within 5 years: CM
Gangtok, Jan 18 (IPR)
The future of agriculturerests on the shoulders of Sikkimese youth and everybody need to make this sector more attractive, fashionable and lucrative said Chief Minister Pawan Chamling.
Mr Chamling was speaking as the chief Guest at the third ‘Sikkim Organic Day’ celebration cum ‘Krishi Unnati Mela’ held today at Manan Bhawan Gangtok.
The two-day event has been organized jointly by Food Security & Agriculture Development Department, Horticulture & Cash Crops Development Department, and ICAR- National Organic Farming Research Institute, with support from National Bank for Agriculture & Rural Development (NABARD), ICAR- RCNEH Research Complex North- Eastern Hill Region and ICAR- ATARI-IV Agriculture Technology Application Research Institute-IV.
Chief Minister Pawan Chamling congratulated and thanked the farmers and the public for adopting the idea of organic farming in the State and providing leadership in the field of sustainable agricultural practices. He acknowledged and appreciated the contribution of farmers and every individual and the government for making Sikkim a fully Organic Farming State. With this, Sikkim has given a positive message worldwide, he added. Sikkim has been appreciated as a role model in Organic Farming across the globe and has created new milestone in organic farming which is validated by the numerous awards and accolades bestowed upon the State at the national and international stage. “Sikkim has set an outstanding example to the world by transforming itself into an organic farming State becoming a model in sustainable agricultural practices,” he added.
The Chief Minister also urged the public to work harder to strengthen the Sikkim Organic Farming Mission, to give continuity to the success, and not to keep any land fallow thereby ensuring surplus production. He asked Self Help Groups, Progressive Farmers and Unemployed youths to opt for organic farming as a profession and to take advantage of organic farming.
“Agriculture as a profession will never be out of fashion or out dated,” he stated.
He also announced to make Sikkim a self-sufficient state in Diary Products and Perishable Vegetable products and to achieve Self Sufficiency in Food Grains within five years which will come under Five Year Mission of Sikkim.
The Chief Minister encouraged people for the creation of Agro- Grower Cooperatives, Producer Associations, it is the need of the hour to motivate group farmers into entrepreneurs, self-help groups and production companies for processing, value-addition and marketing, the Chief Minister said. He called for the people of Sikkim to exercise social policing, responsibility and accountability to sustain the organic mission and laid emphasis on exclusive preparation of organic manure such as vermi-compost and green manure. Likewise, he called for increasing the population of cattle for propagation of dairy farming in the State and administered the concerned Department to create a Seed Bank on priority.
Agriculture Minister Somnath Poudyal in his address said that the efforts of the Government of Sikkim have created a ripple effect across the Indian States and the idea of organic farming has received full emphasis in India, never known in the past. It is a great privilege to see Sikkim mentioned numerous times as a role model in organic farming across the nation. For unemployed youths of Sikkim, the government has created enormous opportunities to cater and excel in organic farming, he added. He also underlined the Journey of Organic Farming in Sikkim and how it has achieved success and made Sikkim known worldwide.
Earlier, Secretary Agriculture Khorlo Bhutia in his welcome address talked about the transformation of Sikkim’s Organic Farming Mission, awards and accolades received by the State and its growth till date.
Earlier, Chief Executive Officer, Sikkim Organic Mission, Dr. S. Anbalagan made a presentation on the overview of Sikkim Organic Mission where he elaborated few topics like Farming in Sikkim, Organic Movement in Sikkim Phase wise, main objective behind making Sikkim an Organic Farming State and various strategies under the mission.
The programme also saw the felicitation of progressive farmers and retired officerDorjee Tenzing Bhutia.
During the program, the Chief Minister also handed over appointment orders to seven candidates to the post of Field Assistant in the Agriculture & Horticulture Department, under “One Family One Job”. He also released a souvenir and film on Sikkim Organic Festival.
The program had the presence of Speaker, Sikkim Legislative Assembly, Shri K.N. Rai, MLAs, Chief Secretary, Heads of Departments and officers of the State Government, Panchayats, officer of ICAR-NOFRI and partner organizations, and farmers from throughout the State.