Sikkim SHGs get online marketing platform for their products

Tuesday, Dec 07, 2021 07:30 [IST]

Last Update: Tuesday, Dec 07, 2021 01:52 [IST]

Sikkim SHGs get online marketing platform for their products

GANGTOK,: In an effort to provide a platform for displaying and marketing of local produce by the women Self Help Groups (SHGs) of Sikkim, the State government has initiated e-commerce marketing platform in Sikkim.
Chief Minister P. S. Golay launched an online e-marketing website and the e- commerce mobile app ‘Swayam Sikkim’ for SHGs of Sikkim on December 4, informs a press release.
The e-marketing initiative was launched in collaboration with Ripples of Change Foundation and e-marketing of Sikkim SHGs products are taken up in the brand name of ‘Swayam Sikkim’.    
During the launching programme, Rural Development principal secretary C.S. Rao and RDD commissioner Dr. P. Senthil Kumar explained the benefits of the e-commerce platform to the Chief Minister and the gathering.
The products of Sikkim SHGs are available both in and for online purchase by individuals and organizations at national and international levels.  
The initiative will benefit over 5200 women SHGs in Sikkim to market their product online with the support and facilitation by the Sikkim Rural Livelihood Mission (SRLM), it was informed.
It is to be mentioned here that, in Sikkim, SRLM implements National Rural Livelihood Mission in an intensive approach in all four districts. There are more than 5200 SHGs with around 50000 members, as per the release.
The SHGs are federated into around 500 federations at ward, GPU and block levels. There are 211 producers groups and seven producers’ organizations functioning under SRLM.
These SHGs make unique food products, handmade products that include handicrafts, hand-woven textiles and natural remedies. Some of these products are extremely popular and widely recognized. However, meagre profit, low volumes, and inability to market themselves are making way for replacing these unique products with mechanization.  These products have a huge market everywhere in India and abroad, the release mentions.

Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi