MOU signed with FiBL and Departments of Agriculture and Horticulture, Goverment of Sikkim on 7 September 2010, (annexure V)
Dr.Urs Niggli, Director FiBL, met the Chief Minister of Sikkim, Pawan Chamling and Minister of Agriculture, D.N.Thakarpa at Gangtok to discuss the organic farming programme in Sikkim.
Shri Pawan Chamling with Dr. Urs Niggli, Director, FiBL, Switzerland after signing of the MoU
During the occasion, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Dr.Urs Niggli, Director FiBL and Vishal Chauhan, Secretary FSADD/HCCDD for a long-term partnership in which the Department will get full technical support from the institute on organic farming research and training.
At the meeting, Niggli praised the work already undertaken by Sikkim to achieve organic state status and added that though challenging, the task ahead is attainable given the enthusiasm and sincerity with which Sikkim has been working towards this objective. Niggli who had earlier visited a village in Kitam, South Sikkim was highly impressed by the commitment of farmers towards organic farming.
The Chief Minister reiterated the State’s total commitment to Organic Farming and looked forward to receiving the much needed technical know-how and support from Niggli and his institute to make the mission of going organic by 2015 a reality.