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Terrace farming in urban areas crucial to remain self-reliant: Agriculture minister

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Terrace farming in urban areas crucial to remain self-reliant: Agriculture minister

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GANGTOK: Terrace farming in urban areas is crucial to remain self-reliant, said Agriculture minister L.N. Sharma on Tuesday while addressing an interactive programme at Chumbung, Soreng-Chakung constituency, in West Sikkim.
The interactive programme was organised by Agriculture and Horticulture departments and KVK (west district). It was attended by area MLA Aditya Golay, Chief Minister’s political secretary Jacob Khaling, Agriculture principal secretary R. Telang, officials concerned and others.
In his address, the Agriculture minister highlighted the importance of terrace farming which would be useful for all who have buildings with open terrace and how it could be used by the individual residing in urban environment to become self-reliant and sufficient in terms of growing their own crops and consuming themselves. He mentioned that Sikkim needs to understand the concept of terrace farming and practice themselves while foreseeing the future, informs an IPR release from Geyzing.
During these perilous times of Covid-19 pandemic, the only thing which has kept us safe is the cooperative discipline of the public which was seen during the lockdown period, said Sharma. He mentioned that Sikkim has had no cases due to the collective efforts of the administration and also the general public. The State needs to be self-reliant in order to survive these pandemic which all have realized and hence the government is working to great lengths in making this a success via various policies, schemes and incentives targeted to fulfill the gaps of the farming community in creating surplus produces in the State, he said.
In his brief address, the Soreng-Chakung MLA mentioned that the youths need to look at agriculture with a different perspective and learn the modern technologies to become sustainable. He mentioned that various products of the farms can be sold strategically if they can explore modern avenues to market them.
Political secretary Khaling mentioned that the farming community has had an important impact on the State which they have all seen during the lockdown situation. He mentioned that Sikkim under the guidance of the Chief Minister has been giving priority to the rural sector. The farming community should seize the opportunity, work harder and create avenues for themselves wherein the State government would support them in every aspect, he said.
The Agriculture principal secretary said the State has been able to sell vegetables worth lakhs of rupees during the lockdown period which has been possible only due to the involvement and participation of the farmers. He spoke on the plans and schemes of introducing organic seed production by identifying villages suited for the particular crop and making them seed village so that those seeds could be used by farmers providing them economic stability.
During the interaction programme, the minister distributed power tillers and HDP pipes from the Agriculture department, 1000 litre poly tanks and HDP pipes from Horticulture department; chaff cutter and backyard poultry from the Animal Husbandry department to the beneficiaries, the IPR release informs.
Similar interaction programme of farmers of the Agriculture minister was held at the community hall, Mabong-Sengang, Salghari-Zoom in west district. It was also attended by area MLA Sunita Gajmer.
The minister said the State government is keen to support the farmers through various incentives, schemes and policies. He further acknowledged the monetary contributions of the farmers and the rural populace towards the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund during the pandemic and urged them to support the State by giving their harvest in plentiful to feed the urban citizens of Sikkim.
MLA Sunita Gajmer urged the public of Mabong Sengang to use the incentives productively and unitedly. She stressed that the Sikkim government understands the needs of the rural populace and hence, the government have come at their doorsteps to help them in every way possible.
During the programme, the minister declared that the demands placed by the Mabong Sengang GPU in regards to the milk collection centre at Sengang; the stockman centre at Mabong and water harvesting tank at Mabong were sanctioned.
Power tillers, HDP pipes, 1000 litre poly tanks, chaff cutter and backyard poultry were distributed to the beneficiaries on the occasion.

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