Minister of Agriculture Sikkim, CEC Kargil discuss success story of Sikkim as 100 percent organic state
KARGIL SEPTEMBER 25, 2021: Chairman and Chief Executive Councilor, LAHDC, Kargil Feroz Ahmad Khan held a meeting with the Minister of Agriculture Government of Sikkim Lok Nath Sharma at Conference Hall Baroo here on Friday.
The meeting was held to understand the success story of Sikkim in becoming 100 percent organic state.
Executive Councilor for Works Aga Syed Abbas Razvi, Executive Councilor for Agriculture Mohsin Ali, Deputy Commissioner and CEO, LAHDC, Kargil Santosh Sukhadeve, Director Animal and Sheep Husbandry Ladakh Dr Muhammad Raza Abbasi, CEO, SSOCA Sikkim Sudhir Giri, CEO, SOFDA Sikkim Dr S Anabalam, officers of Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal & Sheep Husbandry besides other concerned officers were present during the meeting.
CEC Feroz Ahmad Khan said that we have to look for sustainable economy and the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us that agriculture can be the best option to achieve sustainable economy. He added that incorporation of technology in agriculture is beyond doubt necessary for enhanced productivity and in the coming times with the collaboration of the two LAHDCs and the Sikkim Government as per the MOU signed, we will be able to declare Ladakh an organic UT by 2025.
CEC Khan further stressed on inter-exchange of resource persons by the Government of Sikkim and the LAHDC Kargil for better understanding of the newer technologies and suggested for exposure tour of a team of officials of Kargil to Sikkim to understand organic farming.
Agriculture Minister Sikkim Lok Nath Sharma congratulated UT Ladakh for going organic and stressed that we need to go by the slogan that agriculture is future and future is agriculture.
The Minister said that all possible support will be extended to both LAHDCs and we will welcome guests from Ladakh to Sikkim for guidance on organic farming. He said that the purpose of organic farming should be to increase the value addition of the product, adding Sikkim and Ladakh share similar religious and cultural values and organic farming will further make this bond strong.
EC Agriculture Mohsin Ali said that by 2025 we want to be a 100 per cent organic and in this regard LAHDC and Administration Kargil are making efforts to achieve the targets. He also sought support of the Government of Sikkim in this regard.
DC Kargil Santosh Sukhadeve earlier welcoming the guests said that organic farming is already in practice in Kargil, however to achieve 100 percent in organic farming we will need the guidance and support of the Sikkim Government as they have already achieved it.
Director Animal Husbandry UT Ladakh and the officers of Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal & Sheep Husbandry also shared their experiences and suggestions.
Meanwhile, CEO SSOCA Sikkim Sudhir Giri and CEO SOFDA Sikkim Dr S Anabalam gave presentations about the success story of Sikkim in achieving organic farming and also shared their suggestions and experiences.