Gangtok, 24 Dec:
A seven-member team from the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council [LAHDC], Leh, is currently in the State to learn more about Sikkim’s Organic Mission and see how it can be replicated in the district.
The team, led by LAHDC Chairperson, Jamyang Tsering, includes LAHDC Executive Councillor, Phuntsog Stanzin, Additional District Development Commissioner, Leh, Moses Kunzang, Tashi Tseten, CHO Leh, Tsewang Phunstok, DAO Leh, Sonam Wangchuk and Assistant Soil Chemist, Thinley Dawa.
They had arrived in the State on 20 December.
It is informed that the team has already visited the National Organic Farming Research Institute at the ICAR complex in Tadong and various farms in different parts of the State and interacted with officials, farmers and service providers.
Addressing a press conference here today, Horticulture Department Secretary, Khorlo Bhutia, informed that during a meeting held at Leh last September, it was decided to adopt the Sikkim Organic model there and following the same, a technical team from Sikkim had also visited Leh.
He added that the LAHDC team also made field visits and studied Sikkim’s organic model and also learnt more about the certification process.
“The main objective behind the team visiting Sikkim is to transform 10,500 hectares cultivable land in LAHDC to organic following the Sikkim organic model,” he said.
He also assured to provide all possible technical support to help them transform to purely organic farming.
“We want the Sikkim organic model to be followed throughout out the country to provide chemical free food, air and water to the people of the country,” Mr Bhutia said.
He also mentioned that LAHDC has climatic advantage and potential to transform into totally organic.
“We will help LAHDC move forward following the roadmap of Sikkim organic model,” he added.
Likewise, LAHDC team members stated that LAHDC has the political will and good team work to transform the area into organic.
“We will first pass a resolution for the same in the LAHDC and follow the readymade roadmap of Sikkim organic farming in our area. The visit was really fruitful and big advantage for us that we have the readymade roadmap of Sikkim to transform into organic by following the footsteps of Sikkim,” they said.
They also mentioned that there was negligible use of chemicals in the area so it would easy for them to transform into total organic farming.
“We want to go back to organic so we will replicate the certification process of Sikkim in our place as well. We have big area and potential to transform into organic. We also want to increase tourist inflow in our area by going organic,” they said.
It is informed that there were around 18,000 farming families in LAHDC and around 8,000 were already practicing organic farming.