Gangtok, Sept 14 (IPR): An Awareness cum Token Distribution Programme of Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services Departments for the beneficiaries of Namchebong constituency, was held at Gram Prashashanik Kendra, Assam Lingzey, today.
The Hon’ble Minister, Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services Shri Lok Nath Sharma graced the occasion as the Chief Guest in special presence of Hon’ble MLA, Namchebong constituency, Shri Em Prasad Sharma. The programme also had the presence of Hon’ble Chairman, Cooperation Department, Shri BB Chettri, Hon’ble Chairman, Excise Department, Shri Ganza Bhutia, Commissioner-cum-Secretary Horticulture, Smt Yashoda Bhandari, Secretary Agriculture Shri Rinzing C Bhutia, PD cum Secretary, Animal Husbandry Dr. Sangey D. Bhutia, Directors, Panchayats, Officials, OSD Agriculture Shri P.K. Subba, field functionaries including ADOs, HDOs, VOs, ROs, BOs, VLWs, FAs and others.
Over one hundred farming households from Namchebong constituency received various agricultural machinery tools and tokens, including Power Tiller, Power Weeder, Chaff Cutter, Mini Rice Mill, Brush Cutter, Spices Grinder, Rice thresher, Garden Hand Tools, HDPE Pipe, Naturally Ventilated Tubular Structure GreenHouse, Bamboo Structure GreenHouse, On Farm Handling Unit/Collection Unit, Genap Tank, Flour Mill Pulverizer, Sheep Farming, Goat Farming, Silage bag, Intensive Carp Fish Farming under Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Services and Directorate of Fisheries.
Addressing the farming community, Minister Agriculture, Shri Lok Nath Sharma articulated the significance of the life saving profession of Agriculture/Livestock farming and dependence of human society on farming and allied sectors.
He touched upon the newly conceptualized policy of “Future is Farming” and underlined long term sustainability of farming profession and further motivated farmers to enhance productivity for earning sustainable livelihood and economic upliftment.
He also mentioned that the farming community is notably elevated in terms of dignity of profession with the launching of various initiatives like Gwala Diwas, prestigious award of Milk Man of the Year and other numerous farmer-friendly schemes.
He also informed about the newly initiated policies framed by the union government to provide loan with 50% subsidy in agriculture, horticulture, livestock farming and allied sectors at central level and provision of subsidised loan under Chief Minister Start up Scheme in the state as well.
He also urged field functionaries to practice seed trail production in the government farm and educate farmers. He also directed the concerned officials to carry out necessary exercises pertaining to the proposal of terrace gardens in urban areas.
Minister Shri Sharma also informed that over ten thousand farmers have benefited under Pradhan Mantri Krishi Samman Nidhi Yojana (PMKISAN) within the last two years in Sikkim, whereas the number of beneficiaries was in single digit during the previous regime, he added.
He also announced plans to provide Five On-Farm Handling Unit / Collection Unit for Namchebong constituency and advised to award Self Help Groups from respective areas.
He also elaborated provision of production financial incentives under Mukhya Mantri Krishi Atmanirbhar Yojana and piggery farming incentives under Pashudhan Samridhi Yojana and further encouraged for increase in production. He also encouraged the SHGs for marketing and informed that an amount of 2% of incentive value will be granted as handling charges to all marketing agencies engaged in aggregating and marketing farmers produce.
He also motivated farmers to acquire insurance and compensate for loss of production in case of any crop damaging incident.
The Minister also touched upon the historic initiative of Sikkim Garib Awas Yojana envisioned by the Hon’ble Chief Minister and the beginning of inauguration programme within the stipulated time period.
Area MLA Shri Em Prasad Sharma expressed gratitude to the Hon’ble Chief Minister, Hon’ble Minister Agriculture, departmental officials for providing various facilities and token to the farmers of Namchebong constituency.
He also shared about the natural potential for fisheries farming at Bashilakha, Rai Gaon and further urged to promote fisheries in the peripheral areas.
He also applauded the government’s decision of declaring Pakyong a new district and touched upon ongoing preliminary exercise in this regard.
The MLA also shared ongoing developmental works in his constituency.
Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Horticulture Department, Smt. Yasodha Bhandari, stated that the state government is working tirelessly to benefit the farmers with renewed vigour and energy under the enthusiastic leadership and strong willpower of the ruling government. She also informed that the seeds are distributed based on the suitability of the climate of particular areas. She also touched upon the newly initiated financial incentives under Mukhya Mantri Krishi Atmanirbhar Yojana.
Secretary Agriculture Shri Rinzing C Bhutia expressed happiness on the active participation of youth in the programme of Agriculture, Horticulture and Allied Sector. He spoke on the provision of various schemes including Pradhan Mantri Krishi Samman Nidhi Yojana (PMKISAN), Fasal Bima Yojana and urged farmers to acquire benefits from the implemented schemes.
PD-cum-Secretary, AH & VS Dr Sangey D Bhutia, also highlighted various schemes and livestock friendly policies of the department. He also informed that the financial incentives of Rupees thirteen crore were distributed to the dairy farmers in the previous financial year. The daily production of Milk has increased substantially to fifty-eight thousand litres which was around thirty-five thousand litres per day before the launching of dairy incentives. He also informed on the detailed provision and criteria to be entitled for the piggery financial incentives under Mukhya Mantri Pashudhan Samridhi Yojana.
Thereafter, Minister Shri Lok Nath Sharma along with the dignitaries and officials visited Orchid Farm Assam Lingzey and Pig Breeding Farm in Assam Lingzey Gaucharan