Livestock Show brings together farmers, agripreneurs, rural youth and policymakers

Gangtok, 07 Oct [IPR]: The Department of Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Services, Agriculture and Horticulture, in collaboration with the State Bank of India, organised a district-level Livestock Show under “Implementation of Sub-Mission on Skill Development, Technical Transfer and Extension under NLM 2019-20” at Adampool in East Sikkim today.

Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Kailash Choudhary, graced the occasion as chief guest in the presence of Minister of AH&VS, Agriculture and Horticulture, Lok Nath Sharma, MP Lok Sabha, Indra Hang Subba, MLA, Martam-Rumtek, Sonam Tshering Venchungpa, and MLA, Gangtok, Y.T. Lepcha, Panchayats, along with the HoDs and staff of the Agriculture, Horticulture and AH&VS departments.

Addressing the gathering, chief guest, Kailash Choudhary, commended the efforts of the State government in agriculture, horticulture and animal husbandry sectors defined for the welfare of farmers and agripreneurs.

He stressed on the need to improve the economic stability of farmers and assured that the Central government will extend its full support to the State to help optimise the potential of these sectors to support the economic growth of farmers and stakeholders.

He spoke about the various schemes and incentives being provided for farmers and encouraged all to tap into integrated farming systems in order to increase farmer-incomes through sustainable agriculture activities.

Minister of AH&VS, Agriculture and Horticulture, Lok Nath Sharma, in his address, reiterated the State government's commitment towards prioritising and adopting unique farming policies and schemes to strengthen agricultural support services for farmers and stakeholders in the State.

He congratulated the concerned departments for organising the livestock show that has successfully brought together all the stakeholders including farmers, agripreneurs, rural youth and policymakers on one platform, enabling them to share and access innovative ideas available in the field of agriculture, horticulture, animal husbandry and other allied sectors.

He urged the farmers and the youth to avail full benefit of the various schemes, insurances and incentives being provided by the Central and State governments for improving agricultural productivity, profitability and sustainability.

Highlighting the significant role of farmers in achieving the goal of Atmanirbhar Bharat, he assured full support of the State government and further requested all to work in coordination with the allied departments and support the farming policies that brings about key reforms in agriculture and other related sectors.

Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha, Indra Hang Subba, extended gratitude to the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers' Welfare, GoI and the State government for spearheading innovative ways to transform agriculture and allied sectors thus improving income of farmers through sustainable as well as inclusive growth.

The programme was also addressed by area MLA, Martam-Rumtek, Mr Venchungpa, who exhorted the concerned departments to take all the government schemes to the grassroots level.

During the event, farm loans through the lead bank SBI and tokens including agricultural machinery tools were distributed to the beneficiaries of East district.