Governor visits organic farms

Gangtok, 21 Sept [IPR]:

Governor Ganga Prasad along with Additional Chief Secretary to the Governor, Dr. K. Jaya Kumar, and other senior officials from Raj Bhawan visited various sites of organic farming at Assam Lingzey, Sikkim State Cooperative Union [SICUN] and ICAR Complex today.

In the morning, the Governor visited Organic Farm of DN Sapkota, a leading farmer in organic vegetables at Assam Linzey, and inspected the farm including the chilli pepper green house and various other organic crops including its preparation and how it is being used in every farming household of Sikkim.

The Governor also had a look at manufacturing of vermi compost and manually produced organic fertilizers.

The major objectives for visiting the farms was to know about the methods of Organic Farming in Sikkim and to study about the processing activities, the methods of cultivation of different fruit crops and to have an understanding of the economic activities of a self processing farming unit.

The Governor was also briefed about how the mix crops including fruits, vegetables and cash crops are cultivated as organic vegetation.

Farmers and villagers of Assam Lingzey, GPU and senior officials from Agriculture and Horticulture Departments shared details about organic farming and its various methods. Further the Governor was explained about the importance of organic farming, packaging practices of various crops and also about its production and marketing.

During the interactive session, senior officials from concerned departments also briefed the Governor about the schemes and initiatives provided to the farmers by the State Government.

Representatives from local Self Help Groups also shared their experience of organic farming and its benefits.

In the afternoon, the Governor visited SICUN and met with the Panchayats and public gathered there where he was informed and briefed about the function of SICUN and its role in the State.

The Governor also visited the ICAR Complex in Tadong. During his visit, a power-point presentation was made on upgradation of ICAR as a National Organic Farming Institute.

The Governor also gave away Vanaraja chicken to two tribal beneficiaries under Vanaraja Chicken Farming scheme.

The Governor on his visit to local areas expressed his gratitude and appreciated organic farming practiced by the farmers in Sikkim.

Talking about organic farming, he appreciated and congratulated the State and said that the reason behind the attraction of tourists/outsider in Sikkim is because of practices which have made a mark throughout the globe.

He also urged the public and concerned officers to disseminate and create more awareness about the benefits of organic farming as much as they can and assured them all possible help from his side.

During the visit, the Governor was welcomed with token of affection in the form of organic vegetables and organic products manufactured by SHGs.