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Sikkim decides to help Ladakh in Organic farming

KARGIL: The Minister of Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services Lok Nath Sharma on Friday held a meeting with the Chairman and Chief Executive Councilor, LAHDC, Kargil Feroz Ahmad Khan at Conference Hall Baroo, Kargil.

The meeting was organised to share the success story of Sikkim in becoming cent percent organic state and the post declaration farmers friendly policies and programmes initiated by the state government.

The meeting also had the participation of 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 SOFDA Sikkim Dr S Anabalam, CEO, SSOCA Sikkim Sudhir Giri, Ms. Binita Chhetri, QUALITY MANAGER SSOCA, officers of Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal & Sheep Husbandry besides other concerned officers of all line departments were present during the meeting.

Agriculture Minister, 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. He drew lights on the indispensable significance of agricultural farming for the existence of human society with good health and sustainable source of livelihood. He also underlined recent developments made by the state government to benefit the farmers of Sikkim.

The Minister said that all possible support will be extended to LAHDCs and advised to visit Sikkim for empirical study and receive guidance on organic farming and . He said that the purpose of organic farming should be to increase the value addition of the product, and anticipated that, Sikkim and Ladakh share similar, topographical features, religious and cultural values and organic farming will further make this bond stronger.

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.

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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 from Kargil to Sikkim to understand organic farming.

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 Anbalagan, IFS gave presentations about the success story of Sikkim in achieving organic farming and also shared their suggestions and experiences.

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