Agri Minister announces online essay contest results

Gangtok, 26 Nov (IPR):

The Horticulture Department, Government of Sikkim announced the result of online essay competition organised for the students of secondary, senior secondary and college level this evening. The essay competition was held through online mode on 30th September amongst three categories.

Minister, Agriculture and Horticulture Departments, LokNath Sharma, addressing the media at his chamber at Tashiling Secretariat, announced the names of the winner of the online essay competition. He also highlighted objectives and motive to engage the students in creative assignments through online mode.

The Minister mentioned that the event was organized under the guidance of the Chief Minister,Prem Singh Tamang on the various subjects like agriculture, horticulture and allied sectors including Sikkim towards green economy, post-harvest management, opportunities and challenges in horticulture sector, sustainable agriculture, use of technology in agriculture and horticulture sectors, COVID-19 and it's impact on economy and agriculture.

The department came to know invaluable views and ideas of young generations towards agriculture and horticulture sectors through the competition, he added. The Minister also underlined significance of agricultural sector and dependence of human society on farming profession to ensure healthy and fulfilled life even during the time of crisis.

The Minister informed that RupnaKhawas from Deorali Girls Sr. Secondary School secured first position while AshikaLimboo from Government Sr. Secondary School Rangpo and Kritika Sharma from Government Secondary School Langang obtained second and third position at Secondary level.

Similarly, in the category of Senior Secondary level, FlorenciaPradhan from Government Senior Secondary School Sadam occupied the first position while TsheringLazom Bhutia from West Point Senior Secondary School and Laksha Shree Pradhan from TashiNamgyal Academy secured second and third position, respectively.

The student of Nar BahadurBhandari Degree College TadongSangayRinchung Lepcha topped the essay competition in the college level competition while NidhiPradhan from Sikkim Government College, Gyalshing and AdarshRai from Central Agriculture University stood second and third position, respectively.

The winners of first, second and third position in the category of secondary level will be presented with cash award of Rupees twenty thousand, fifteen thousand and eight thousand, respectively.

Similarly, the winners of first, second and third position at Senior Secondary level category will receive cash award of Rupees thirty thousand, twenty thousand and ten thousand, while the winning students of college level category will also be presented cash award of Rupees fifty thousand, thirty thousand and twenty thousand.

Besides, topped three winners in each category, the Department of Horticulture will also provide consolation cash prize of Rupees two thousand each to five best performing participants in three categories as well.

The Minister also added that the assessment and evaluation of essay was done by the experts nominated by the Education Department. The State government will introduce subjects of agriculture and allied sectors in the academic syllabus from Class VI onwards, he added.

The Minister in his concluding remarks also appealed the people to adopt agriculture and horticulture with new energy and spirit to enhance the productivity at large scale.

Earlier, Secretary Horticulture, M.T.Sherpa briefed on the objectives of essay competition. He mentioned that the Schools were closed due to COVID-19 pandemic and the department came out with an initiative to engage the students on the productive assignments. The prize money along with certificates will be awarded to the winners and participants in a programme being organized shortly.