Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Sikkim aims to become 'fully organic' by 2015

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From: narasimham l mantha
Date: 21-Aug-12 10:10
To: Bharat Chandra (das) BRS (NC VAD Ministry - IN) [21172]
Hare Krishna
Dandavats Prabhuji

All Glories to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga,
All Glories to Srila Prabhupada,

Sikkim aims to become 'fully organic' by 2015
Sikkim, which started eco-friendly farming from a small area of land about a
decade ago, is set to become a fully organic state by 2015.
GANGTOK: Sikkim, which started eco-friendly farming from a small area of
about a decade ago, is set to become a fully organic state by 2015, a senior
state official has said.

"The entire state will be converted into a certified organic state by 2015.
schemes and policies are well tuned to realize that goal," Sikkim
Secretary Vishal Chauhan said.

According to him, structured organic farming started in the state in 2003
the government set up the dedicated Sikkim State Organic Board to promote
techniques that prohibit the use of manufactured synthetic fertilizers and

"Our chief ,minister, Pawan Chamling, had also introduced a resolution in
assembly seeking to convert entire farming in the state to organic. Now, our
farming relies on techniques such as green manure, compost, biological pest
control and crop rotation."

Over 8,000 hectares of land was covered under organic farming between 2003
2009. In a bid to make the state fully organic, various state government
agencies have been working in coordination.

The state government has completely stopped lifting of quota of chemical
fertilizers extended by the Government of India since 2006-07 and all sales
points for chemical fertilizers in public and private sector have been shut.

Sikkim government has also promoted large-scale use of bio-fertilisers and
provides certified manufactured organic manure to farmers as an alternative
their chemical substitures, Chauhan said.

In order to provide alternatives to farmers, 24,536 rural compost units and
14,487 vermi-compost units were constructed in farmers' fields till 2009.

The bio-village programme was also adopted in 2003 and around 400 villages
adopted by the state government till 2009 to benefit some 14,000 farmers and
14,000 acres of land in four districts of the state.

"We have also launched the comprehensive 'Sikkim Organic Mission' as a nodal
agency to implement and monitor the programme in time-bound manner. A
state-level apex body with the chief minister as its chair oversees the
implementation," the official said.

"Under the new initiative, the government has set a target to implement
fully-organic farming technique by 2015. Organic products sell at a premium,
which will benefit over 50,000 families in the state and promote organic

According to latest data, Sikkim produces some 80,000 million tonnes of farm
products, including 45,890 million tonnes of ginger, 3,510 million tonnes of
large cardamom, 2,790 million tonnes of turmeric, 4,100 million tonnes of
buckwheat, 3,210 million tonnes of urad daal and 20,110 million tonnes of
mandarin oranges. Significant portion of these products are already organic.

Your Eternal Servant
Lala Krishna Das.
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