Minister Shri. L. N. Sharma chairs the Regional Seminar on Production, Post-Harvest Improvement and Marketing of Spices for Sustainable Livelihood by Spices Board and also the Distribution of Multi-purpose Electrical Driers by Spices Board under Schedule Class Sub Plan (SCSP).
Gyalshing, 28th February, 2022 (IPR): Shri. Lok Nath Sharma, for Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Services, IPR and Printing and Stationery Departments chaired the “Regional Seminar on Production, Post-Harvest Improvement and Marketing of Spices for Sustainable Livelihood” and Distribution of Multi-purpose Electrical Driers Program under Schedule Class Sub Plan (SCSP) organised by Spices Board, Ministry of Commerce and Industries (GOI) at Gram Prashasan Kendra (GPK) at Hee-Gaon, Gyalshing District.
The Minster was accompanied by Shri. J. B. Tamling Chairman (SABCCO); Shri. Birendra Tamling, Advisor (IPR); Shri. Durga Prasad Pradhan, Advisor (AH&VS); Shri. D. Sathiyan, Secretary (Spices Board); Dr. R. Laha, Jt. Dir. (ICAR); Shri. Karma Sherpa, Jt. Dir. (Horti); Shri. Dinesh Basnett, KVK Gyalshing; Shri. P. T. Lepcha, Asst. Dir. (Spices Board); Shri. D. R. Bista, BDO Dentam, Panchayats, Officials from ICAR and Spices Board, dignitaries, beneficiaries and Guest.
Shri. Sharma in his address thanked the Chief Minister Shri. Prem Singh Tamang for his keen interest in farming and his unhindered inclination to help the farmers of Sikkim. He also reminisced the tales of large cardamom farming and its direct association with wealth and how over the years the diseases on the crop have changed the scenery of Cardamom in Sikkim hence such programs to revive the production are beneficial to the society. Thus, as per the vision of the Chief Minister, all research centre of Sikkim needs to research and provide results to revive these cash crops. He stressed that these institutions need to reach out to farmers with the results which can benefit the farmers and improve their quality of production. He also informed that the government has tireless worked towards diminishing the middle man system and reaching the incentives directly to the farmers. He also informed how successful farmers and dairy farmers have made a successful living out of them. He also enlightened the gathering on various implemented state projects and schemes under the Chief Minister vision to uplift the rural farming community and raising entrepreneurs in Sikkim.
The Minister further mentioned that the various benefits given to the farmers in Sikkim is one of the highest in the country and hence their responsibilities as the farming community of Sikkim are enormous and that they should take pride in their profession. Further, the coordination between the farming community and research institutions need to grow and help each other in Sikkim which could result in the growth of their produce and the markets.
He thanked the Spices Board for the incentives and schemes made available to them. However, he stated that these benefits need to be taken to the farmers at their homes and their place of ease. He also mentioned that the need for a local centre at Hee-Gaon is needed and beneficial to both parties. He also urged the Central Organisations in relations with farming community need to make sure that the incentives and various projects need to reach them and help them grow.
Further, he stressed that the carelessness of the given incentives and aid needs to stop and the responsibilities of each individual to safeguard those incentives need to be a priority and also to multiply their produce via the incentives given.
Lastly, he thanked the Spices Board for organizing such an informational event on a national level and urged them to continue supporting the farming community of Sikkim.
Advisor (IPR) Shri. Birendra Tamling welcomed and thanked all the Members of Spices board for conducting such a beneficial program for the cardamom growers of Hee-Gaon. He also mentioned about the steps being taken on the Geographical Indication (GI) of the Seramna variety of large cardamom and the patent rights which need to be explored for these variety of cash crops available in Sikkim and its neighbouring regions. He further stressed on the need for an institute on the Research and analysis of Cardamom in Hee-Goan to be a reality. He also urged all present to take the opportunity of the seminar and learn the tools and techniques.
Chairman (SABCCO) in his brief address thanked the Spices Board for their interest in the region and how it beneficial to the farming community. He then stated that Sikkim being a farmer-oriented society the need to focus on growth which is essential to all. He also talked about the growth and progress of Large Cardamom in the region and how it has evolved.
Secretary (Spice Board) via video conferencing also enlightened the gathering on the importance of the program and how it is important to the people engaged in the process. He also thanked the State Government and the Minister for their support towards the Board.
During the program, 450 farmers Subsidy Cheque for Cardamom growers under Large Cardamom Replantation Scheme, Pamphlets on Blight Disease in Large Cardamom and 16 Multipurpose Electrical Driers under the SCSP scheme of the Spice Board were distributed by the Minister.
The names of the 20 selected Beneficiaries of the Subsidy Cheque under large cardamom replantation scheme were handed cheques during the program are as follows:
1. SHRI. ONGDI BHUTIA – TINKITAM
2. SHRI. AITA RAJ SUBBA – BALUTHANG
3. SHRI. DAWA KARMA BHUTIA – CHUMBONG
4. SHRI. AITA BIR LIMBOO – SRINAGI
5. SHRI. AITA LALL LIMBOO – BALUTHANG
6. SHRI. DHIRAJ LIMBOO – HEE GAON
7. MRS. DAWKI BHUTIA – CHINGTHANG
8. SHRI. NAR BAHADUR CHETTRI – BERMIOK
9. SHRI. JAS BAHADUR RAI – SOPAKHA
10. SHRI. GAW MAYA BISTA CHETTRI – HEE GAON
11. SHRI. SANTA BIR SUBBA – HEE PATAL
12. SHRI. LAKPA NORBU SHERPA – BERMIOK
13. SHRI. PALCHEN DORJEE BHUTIA – CHUMBONG
14. SHRI. KULDIP CHHETRI – HEE PATAL
15. SHRI. HARI PRASAD CHETTRI – HEE GAON
16. MS. PREM KUMARI CHETTRI – HEE GAON
17. SHRI. DIK BAHADUR CHETTRI – BONGTEN
18. SHRI. MITRA LALL NIROLA – MARTAM
19. MS. MANITA CHETTRI – HEE GAON
20. SHRI. YOGESH CHETTRI – SRINAGI