ICAR Sikkim facilitates irrigation infrastructure development inDzongu

Gangtok, 06 Mar (PIB)

ICAR RC for NEH Region, Sikkim Centre, organized training cum input distribution programme for Dzongu constituency farmers, North Sikkim, at Adampool, East Sikkim on 05 March.

The training aimed to Integrated Organic Farming System development under Tribal Sub Plan. The programme was aimed to upliftment of socio-economic status of tribal inhabitants under the chairmanship of Dr. Ramgopal Laha, Principal Scientist & Joint Director I/c, ICAR RC for NEH Region, Sikkim Centre. From ICAR Research 1Complex for NEH Region, Sikkim Centre Dr. SauravSaha, Scientist (Agril. Physics) & Nodal officer (TSP) and Dr. Amit Kumar, Scientist (Agronomy) participated in the endeavour.

The programme was initiated by welcome address by Dr. SauravSaha and highlighted the important activities of Tribal Sub Plan for the welfare of tribal farming community of North district farmers. Dr. RamgopalLaha (Joint Director, ICAR RC for NEH Region, Sikkim Centre) greeted the gathering and described the potential benefits of scientific livestock farming for securing food and nutritional security and livelihood improvement of tribal farmers in Sikkim Himalaya region.

Dr. Amit Kumar, Scientist (Agronomy), ICAR Sikkim Centre, Tadong talked about the Scientific Integrated Organic Farming System for livelihood improvement of the tribal farmers of Sikkim.

A total 25 number of farmers from HeeGyathang and Lingdong-barfok GPU attended the programme and benefited from the distribution of HDPE water delivery pipe (10000 m; 100 units each of 100 m) and nylon pipe (16 rolls).

From the Line Department side, SherapGyaltsenPenchungpa (Field Assistant, Horticulture Department, Govt. of Sikkim) sensitized the farmers to grow more organic vegetables with improved irrigation infrastructure for ensuring net farming profitability over the region.

All farmers showed their interest and thank ICAR RC NEH Region Sikkim Centre, Tadong, Gangtok and Department of Horticulture, Govt. of Sikkim for coming forward for expansion of net irrigated area in Dzongu, in order to improve the livelihood of tribal farmers of the area. Dr. SauravSaha thanked Dr. V.K. Mishra,Director, ICAR RC for NEH Region Umiam, Meghalaya and Dr. S. Hazarika, Principal Scientist &HoD and Nodal Officer, TSP, for expressing their support in terms of funding and dynamic guidance.

Finally, Phurtshering Lepcha (Field Assistant, Horticulture Department, Govt. of Sikkim) delivered a formal vote of thanks and wished success for all the participants future endeavour towards farming based economic prosperity at Dzongu.