Gangtok, 06 Apr:
International Panaacea Limited [IPL], a Service Provider Agency under Sikkim Organic Mission, Government of Sikkim, organized a Gram Panchayat Unit level training on Internal Control System [ICS] for Organic Certification and organic vegetable production at Sumin Lingzey under Duga BAC in East Pendam, a press release informs.
Zilla Panchayat, Kumari Chettri, attended the programme as chief guest in the presence of Agriculture Inspector, FS & ADD, Sangita Basnet, Panchayat president, Chuki Sherpa, vice president, Pramila Chettri, Panchayat members, Kalpana Chettri, Sancha Bahadur Rai and Karma Chopel Bhutia, along with IPL field functionaries and 90 farmers.
Agriculture Inspector, Ms Basnet, informed about the different types of schemes such as Pradhan Mantri Krishi Vikas Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sichai Yojana and Rashtriya Krishi Vikash Yojana. She also emphasized on Mission Organic Value Chain Development [MOVCD] and Crop Insurance for the farmers’ community.
Block In-Charge, IPL, Pushpa Lal Dahal, mentioned about the standard of Organic Certification and mandates for ICS such as Aadhaar Card Number and Bank Account of each farmer to be recorded in the documentation.
Field functionaries from IPL, KN Dahal and Prakash Cintury, demonstrated the use of Beejamrit for seed treatment and Jeevamrit for soil fertility management.
Panchayat president, Ms Sherpa, urged the participants to follow the policy and methods of organic farming practices in the villages while extending gratitude to the state government and the concerned agency for offering help to the farmers.
Zilla Panchayat, Ms Chettri, while addressing the farmers, said, “Fresh vegetables and fruits are in high demand at present. Farmers should grow in large quantity to live up to the demand.”
She also requested to the farmers of Sumin Lingzey to come forward to improve their socio-economic condition by growing and selling vegetables, fruits and other crops from the area.