|All barren land in Sikkim to be converted into cultivable patches |
GANGTOK, Oct 19 - Minister for Agriculture and Horticulture departments, Lok Nath Sharma convened a press conference at his chamber in order to highlight various incentives, policies and initiatives of the State Government under the Agriculture and Horticulture departments to augment the farming community.
Minister Sharma informed that the State Government has decided to launch the additional incentive 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 fair price outlets and cooperatives and also encourage the establishment of processing and packaging units at cluster level to transfer value addition directly to the farmers.
He also highlighted the recent additional incentive of Rs 8 per litre of milk launched by the State Government to augment the dairy farmers in the State.
While outlining agriculture as an important source of livelihood, the Minister added that the State Government is committed to uplift Sikkimese people from consumer to producer.
He also spoke in detail on the State Government’s plan to convert all the barren land into cultivable ones. He explained that approximately 5,400 hectares of land are lying barren which will soon be converted into cultivable and productive patches.
The State Government has also formulated an effective strategy to implement the process of cultivation in barren lands, he mentioned. He said that advanced technology in the agriculture sector together with incentives to the farmers to sell their produce after proper processing and packaging will be undertaken.
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. Therefore, the State Government has rolled out new incentives, schemes and programmes to benefit the farmers and to motivate youths to these sectors, he added.