Agri Minister interacts with West Sikkim farmers

Announces construction of 2 vegetable collection centres at Tharpu

Gangtok, 10 Jan [IPR]:

In his ongoing interaction with farmers of West Sikkim, the Minister for Agriculture & Horticulture Department, Somnath Poudyal today announced that two collection centres for vegetables will be constructed at Tharpu and that milching cows will be provided to progressive farmers of the area.

The Minister interacted with farmers of Soreng-Chakung constituency today at the community hall at Tharpu in West Sikkim. He was accompanied by the area MLA and HRDD Minister, RB Subba.

In his address, Mr Poudyal stated that farmers play a big role in taking the State and nation ahead further adding that farmers should work hard on the policies of the state government for organic farming.

Stating that middlemen have been eating into the profits of farmers, he stated that the government has been trying to change this and provide full benefits to farmers.

Further, the Minister said that legal action will be taken against those using chemical fertilizers and pesticides in farming.

He added that farmers could work with Patanjali for the marketing of turmeric, ginger and cardamom.

Mentioning the 25% subsidy on loans for farming he urged the youth to work in organic farming and assured to provide all required support from the government. Mr Poudyal suggested that young farmers could make use of technology and sell vegetables online.

He also directed departmental officials to provide seeds and facilities to farmers on time.

HRDD Minister, RB Subba stated that organic produce of the State will fetch better prices in the market and encouraged farmers to increase their production.

He mentioned that the government has also provided vegetable collection vehicles for the convenience of farmers. He urged Panchayats and people to work together for further development of their respective areas.

In the interaction session, farmers placed the issues of water shortage and damages to crop by wild animals and others. In response, Mr Poudyal informed that the CM has already directed the concerned department to address the issue of wild animals damaging crops. On water shortage, he assured to immediately work on finding solutions for the benefit of local people.

On the occasion, the Minister also distributed tokens of poultry to 10 beneficiaries, piglets to five beneficiaries, low cost green house to five beneficiaries and power tiller to one beneficiary.