Gangtok, October 18 (IPR): Hon’ble Minister for Agriculture and Horticulture Departments Shri Lok Nath Sharma convened a press conference at his chamber, today to highlight various incentives, policies and initiatives of the State Government under agriculture and horticulture departments to augment the farming community in the State. He informed that the State Government under the leadership of Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang has laid stress on the introduction of innovative approaches to revive and revitalise the agriculture sector.
The Hon’ble Minister informed that the State Government has decided to launch the additional incentives scheme for focus crops namely, large cardamom, ginger, turmeric, orange and buckwheat in order to encourage the farmers to increase production, thereby supporting the farmers to double their income. He stated that this initiative would channelise marketing through FPOs and Cooperatives and also encourage the establishment of processing and packaging units at the cluster level to translate the value addition directly to the farmers. He also highlighted the recent additional incentives of Rs 8 per litre of milk launched by the State Government to augment the dairy farmers in the State. The State Government has left no stone unturned to ensure progress and prosperity of the farmers as envisioned by the Hon’ble Chief Minister, he added.
While outlining the agriculture as an important source of livelihood, the Minister added that the State Government is dedicated and committed to uplift Sikkimese people from consumer to producer.
He also spoke in detail on the State Government plan to convert all the barren land into a cultivable one. He explained that approximately 5400 hectares of land is lying barren which will soon be converted into a cultivable and productive. The State Government has also formulated an effective strategy to implement the process of cultivation in the barren land. He also underlined advanced technology emerged in the agriculture farming sector and to incentivise the farmers to sell their agricultural produces after proper processing and packaging.
The Minister further mentioned that the agriculture, horticulture and animal husbandry sectors have huge potential in Sikkim to generate income and to enhance the local people’s economy, he added. Therefore, the State Government has rolled out new incentives, schemes, programmes and plans to benefit the farmers and to motivate the youths in these sectors, he added.