Ban has helped State's farmers say Chota Singtam farmers' group

Gangtok, 25 Apr:

A progressive farmers’ group of Chota Singtam in East Sikkim has thanked the state government for the ban on import of non-organic vegetables. The ban has helped Sikkim's farmers by providing right value and market for the organic produce of the State, the group said in a press conference held today.

Progressive farmer of Chota Singtam, DP Sapkota, mentioned that the entire farmers’ community of the State is satisfied as they are getting the right price and value for their organic produce.

“Seeing better market and price for organic produce, people in rural areas are motivated to start farming in their land which was lying unused for many years,” he said.

Mr Sapkota mentioned that agriculture has now become lucrative and attractive and the youth should shift to this sector instead of running after government jobs.

“As the government has been providing trainings, seeds, various inputs and all required support in farming, a person can earn better than in a government job,” he expressed.

In less than a month since the ban was enforced, many people in rural parts of Sikkim have started farming in their barren lands, he added.

Responding to media queries, Mr Sapkota mentioned that the local organic produce can fulfill the demands and requirements of vegetables in the State. With time, local produce will not only fulfill the State’s requirements but surplus can also be exported outside the State, he added.

Likewise, progressive farmers, Bimit Lepcha and Sangkipa Lepcha, expressed their happiness on the government’s decision to ban non-organic vegetables from outside the State. They also thanked the government for providing all possible support and market for their produce.

They informed that farmers of Namcheybong constituency have been supplying two utility vehicles of vegetables every day to markets in and around Gangtok and have also been selling plenty of organic vegetables at Ranipool haat on Sundays.

They have appealed to consumers and businessmen to support the organic mission by giving some time to farmers in fulfilling requirement of local markets.