Appreciation by National and International Community
Exploring New Frontiers – Sikkim at BioFach, Nuremberg, Germany
A team from Sikkim headed by Shri P.L. Subba, Chairman, Farmers’ Welfare Board, Sikkim and Shri Vishal Chauhan, Secretary, FSADD and HCCDD along with two other officers of the Department of Agriculture and Horticulture participated in the World Organic Trade Fair (BioFach 2011) in Nuremberg, Germany during 16th-19th February 2011. The main objective of the tour was to showcase Sikkim as an organic state of India and also explore possibilities of tie-up for marketing of organic produce of Sikkim.
Shri P.L. Subba, Chairman, Farmers’ Welfare Board, Sikkim and Shri Vishal Chauhan, Secretary, FSADD and HCCD along with other officers at the World Organic Trade Fair (BioFach 2011) in Nuremberg, Germany during 16th -19th February 2011.
The entire international community associated with organic agriculture in the world put up their stalls at the venue. More than 575 exhibitors representing 117 countries participated in the exhibition with theme on organic food, organic wine, organic textiles and organic wellness products.
In India pavilion, various government enterprises and private companies displayed their products. Sikkim’s large cardamom and Temi tea were also on display. Policy document on Sikkim Organic Mission 2015 was distributed from the India pavilion to showcase the vision and strength of Organic Sikkim.
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Chairman APEDA Shri Asit Tripathy and CEO of BioFach, Germany for making India a country of the year in BioFach 2012. In his speech, Mr Asit Tripathy made a special mention that Sikkim will be the only state in India which will be completely organic by 2015.
Same day in the afternoon a seminar on India Organics and Learning for Regional Organic Development was chaired by Shri P L Subba, Chairman Farmers’ Welfare Board. Shri Vishal Chauhan, Secretary, FSADD and HCCDD through a presentation showcased Sikkim Organic story since 2003 and achievements made till today where 7,600 ha has already been certified and remaining 50,000 ha to be brought under organic by 2015. Presentation on Sikkim going Organic invoked a lot of interest among participants, especially on the products like ginger, large cardamom, Sikkim mandarin oranges, Temi tea and buckwheat.
In late afternoon the Sikkim delegation had a meeting with Mr Hans Hohenester, Chairman of a renowned certifying company of Europe-NATURALAND which is the oldest and one of the three largest certifying agencies of Europe. In the meeting possibilities of marketing of organic products from Sikkim in due course of time was discussed. The chairman agreed to support activities like certification for European market and the sale of products.
In the evening a meeting was held with Dr Urs Niggli, Director FiBL, where it was decided that as per the MOU of FiBL with Agriculture Department, Government of Sikkim, work will be initiated on specific pest and nutrition management related problems of Sikkim crops.
Argentina Appreciates Organic Sikkim Initiative
To Mr. Pawan Chamling
From Hon.: Consul General de India
Date Saturday, September 18, 2010
Mr Pawan Chamling
Chief Minister of Sikkim
Dear Mr Chamling,
I read about your State will become a fully Organic State and I would like to congratulate you for this fantastic achievement!!
In Argentina, South America, there is a big expertise on organic agriculture (edibles oils, rice, soybean, nuts, milk, seeds, cotton, meat, textiles etc).
I would like to invite you to visit Argentina and I can organize for your Governmental and private meetings with companies, agri-businessmen etc.
Argentina is selling soy and sunflower oils and other food articles worth 2.2billion dollars a year.
DR SERGIO LAIS-SUAREZ
Hon. Consul General of India