Agri Minister returns from Agricultural Ministers Conference

Gangtok, 11 Jul:

Agriculture Minister, Lok Nath Sharma reached Siliguri after attending the State Agricultural Ministers Conference held at New Delhi on 08 July. The Minister informed that Union Minister for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Narendra Singh Tomar has expressed his desire to visit Sikkim during the "Buyers & Sellers Organic Meet" that will be taking place in the month of September this year, as per an IPR press release.

Mr Sharma has expressed his gratitude to Chief Minister, Prem Singh Tamang (Golay), for giving him the opportunity to represent the State at the National Level as the Agricultural Minister of the State. He informed that in the Conference, Sikkim was the first to speak, wherein he presented and discussed various issues of the state with regard to the agricultural sector and sought support from the Union Government.

Mr Sharma sought the support of the Union Government in creating rainwater harvesting tanks in the villages of Sikkim and for establishing Central Government Institutions in the State for research work in farming.

The Minister submitted a Project to the Union Government to set up a National Level Integrated Project at Karfectar.

The Union Minister highlighted the Green Economy of Sikkim and said that farmers of other states should also visit Sikkim and learn about the Green Economy. For this purpose, he encouraged the State to establish training centres for farmers and officers in the State.

The Agriculture Union Minister has assured that all support will be provided to improve the agricultural sector of Sikkim.

The Conference was also attended by the State Agriculture & Horticulture Secretary and CEO Green Economy, DrAnbalagan.

While in Delhi, Mr Sharma also called on the Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting, Prakash Javadekar and the Union Secretary and discussed the setting up of Doordarshan Kendra in Sikkim, with immediate effect, so that Sikkim's progress and tourism can be highlighted worldwide, the release mentions. Mr Sharma also met the Union Minister for Animal Husbandry and Livestock and introduced mission "White Revolution" that enhances and improves milk production in the State.

The Minister met Managing Director IFFCO and discussed matters pertaining to the processing of organic commodities. IFFCO will soon be establishing Organic Processing Unit at Majhitar in collaboration with the State Government that enhances the production of ginger, turmeric, cardamom and buckwheat and provides market access to the state’s farmers.

The Minister further informed that Fasal Bima Yojna will soon be implemented in Sikkim under which farmers will be provided pension at the rate of Rs 6000 and compensation will be provided to farmers for any kind of loss.

MrSharma also called on DONER Minister,Jitendra Singh and assured support to bring improvement in roadways, water supply as well as in the farming sector of the State.