Organic Mission 2015 on Fast Track
Sikkim – Organic Mission 2015 on Fast Track
To achieve status of full organic state in a fast forward approach, the Government decided to set a time frame and a comprehensive plan was chalked out to convert the entire state into an Organic State by 2015.
As a first step, a resolution was passed in the Sikkim Legislative Assembly.
Resolution in State Assembly in 2009
Resolution No. 4 of 2009: Seeking that the State of Sikkim would be made an Organic State Proposed by Shri L.M. Lepcha, Hon’ble MLA and passed by the Legislative Assembly.
“With the objective of having an environmentally clean State for better life and healthy living, members of the Sikkim Legislative Assembly unanimously resolved that State of Sikkim would be made an organic State which will be achieved within the targeted period as per Human Resource Development Plan”
A National Workshop on Organic Farming for road map preparation to achieve ambitious target
To define the vision and chalk out long-term strategies for holistic and sustainable development of organic farming in Sikkim, a two-day workshop was organized by the Food Security and Agriculture Development Department and Horticulture, and Cash Crops Development Department during 17-18 March 2010. The workshop was a grand success and participated by eminent organic experts and scientists from all over the country.
Inaugurating the workshop, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Sikkim Shri Pawan Chamling mooted the idea of declaring North-Eastern States as Organic Zone of the country and requested Government of India to include the initiative in the National Policy for Agriculture.
Elaborating his vision, Shri Chamling highlighted specific issues to be addressed by the concerned Departments and the scientific community to accomplish the endeavour and make farming attractive. He also brought to the forum specific issues for further discussion and recommendation of appropriate scientific strategies for effective implementation. Important issues include:
Shri Pawan Chamling,Chief Minister, Shri Dawcho Lepcha, the then Minister for FSAD & HCDD and Dr. Tej Pratap, Vice Chancellor, HPKVV, Palampur at the National Workshop on Organic Farming held at Saramsa, Ranipool on 17-18th March, 2010
Promotion, cultivation and organic certification of high-value low-volume crops.
- Domestic markets to be the prime target, then enhancing export.
- Civil societies need to come forward and give progressive opinion and join hands in the mission. Agriculture should match with the present times and knowledge-based.
- The roadmap for organic farming should incorporate all aspects from production, certification to marketing and should ultimately aim at economic benefits to farming community in a sustainable way, protecting the ecology and maintaining the environment and resources for future generations.
- The State must be made self-reliant in all aspects including food security.
- Efforts should be made to produce best quality products and make organic farming a thriving industry.
- Mind set of producers to be changed with technology inputs to make organic farming a successful and rewarding venture.
- Local practices like upland rice cultivation and local germplasm of different traditional crops be promoted and protected.