Linkages & Replication
The implementation team signed a MoU with Sikkim State Cooperative Supply and Marketing Federation Ltd (SIMFED) which is promoted by Sikkim Government to join hands for providing marketing linkage to the certified farmers. SIMFED started to procure the produce from farmers and supply to authorized marketing agencies.
Farmers then started taking keen interest in organic farming after the initial reluctance. The above facts became the platform for initiating the following programmes.
- The State Departments of Agriculture and Horticulture initiated an extensive campaign in 2009 to support farmers to adopt organic farming practices.
- The interest of convinced farmers and other stakeholders ultimately led to declaration of the entire state as ‘organic’ and decision was taken by the governmenr to convert 50000 ha land into ‘organic’ by 2015. The state also created ‘Sikkim Organic
- Mission’ in 2010 as a Nodal Agency at State level to implement and monitor the programme. The mission has chalked out three years action plan to cover the targetted 50000 ha land into ‘organic’ by 2015.
- The state has taken very liberal view to invite all leading organizations of the country to participate in the above mission-mode programme.