Sikkim’s Chief Minister, Pawan Kumar Chamling on April 3rd announced that the organic farmers of the state will soon be benefitting monthly pensions from the government. Currently, Chamling is on a 32-day tour throughout the state.
In a meeting at Mangan, a district headquarter of North Sikkim, Chamling said that how the culture of organic farming and the hardcore dedication of organic farmers owed its sweet fruit to the entire State of Sikkim.
He also urged the youth of Sikkim to come up with innovative techniques for promotion of the organic farming culture of the state. The switch from traditional farming to organic farming is beneficiary to the health and well-being of the people, wherein the people will be a part of a disease-free society. Moreover, the State has now become self-sufficient by the in-house production of vegetables.
Charming has also imposed a ban on the trade and consumption of non-organic agriculture and horticulture based products which dominated markets prior to organic practices. He believes that this initiative will promote a healthy lifestyle for his people. This will also furnish organic farmers with a platform to earn a decent source of livelihood.
Chamling mentioned that Sikkim government believes in knocking the doors of the common man with a view to get acquainted with their problems and assist them in dealing with it.
Sikkim is attributed to be the first State of the nation to receive the title of ‘fully organic state’ in 2017. The base for organic farming was laid back in 2003 when the Sikkim Legislative Assembly passed a resolution in this context.