Saturday, Jun 06, 2020 13:15 [IST]
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KUSH HANG LEEWANG
GEYZING: Agriculture minister Lok Nath Sharma attended an interactive session with the farmers of Arithang Chongrang GPU under Yuksam Tashiding constituency today. Area MLA and SLA Deputy Speaker Sangay Lepcha was also present on the occasion along with officials of Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Husbandry departments.
The departmental officials deliberated on various agricultural policies and other important methods to be adopted in the agricultural sector for ensuring healthy returns from farm based activities. The farmers were sensitized about facilities ensured by the concerned departments for procuring organic products from the farmers to proper marketing system. Information on various kinds of diseases in crops and domestic animals and their medications for containment of such diseases were also provided to the farmers. The officials maintained that Yuksam Tashiding constituency has a potential to grow as an agricultural hub if the farming is practiced in systematic and extensive way. They shared that suitable weather condition of Yuksam Tashiding region is favourable for cultivation of cherry pepper locally known as Dalley Khorsani, ginger, pea and other kinds of vegetables.
Sikkim Milk Union managing director A.B. Karki informed the farmers about scope of dairy farming in the State. He informed that in order to bring about economic development of farmers involved in dairy farming, the price of milk would be increased. He added that an innovative step would be taken for commercialization of cattle dung and urine in the form of organic manures and sanitizers in the State.
Addressing the gathering, minister Sharma informed that the State government has formed a comprehensive farmers friendly policies regarding development of agricultural sector in the State. He maintained that transformation of agriculture sector from primitive to scientific is necessary to enhance productivity. Apprising the farmers about provision of Krishi loan, Sharma said the State government has formulated policies to avail loan to the needy farmers. He further added that banking sector in the State will dedicate every Wednesday of each month for the farmers related works and if the works concerning the farmers go unattended then strong action will be taken. He directed the farmers to seek recommendations from respective area MLAs for availing agricultural loan. The minister further assured agricultural loan upto Rs. 10 lakh for the Farmers Producers Organizations. He maintained that farmers are being facilitated through various schemes and stressed for need of proper utilizations of provided facilities. Pitching for economic resurrection of farmers, Sharma expressed that priority must be reserved for agricultural sector of the State.
He further informed that only 6,000 farmers have been included in the PM Kishan Scheme and directed the concerned department to reach out to the left out farmers so that they may get included in the said scheme.
Some of the demands such as formation of FPOs in GPU, transportation facilities for exporting cherry pepper (Dalley Khorsani), agricultural equipment, milching cow distributions to the farmers, upgradation of veterinary centre and others were placed.
Replying to demands placed by the people of the GPU, the minister asserted that all the demands would be considered.
Token of agricultural equipment were also distributed to the beneficiary farmers at the event.
The minister later visited Nessa and inspected cherry pepper farms there and interacted with the farmers.