India’s first fully organic state: Sikkim [ Current News (Concise) ]
After it successfully organic farming practices implementation on around 75, 000 hectares of agricultural land Sikkim has officially become first fully organic state of India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has officially declared Sikkim as fully organic state after inaugurating the Sikkim Organic Festival 2016 in Gangtok, Sikkim.
- Regarding to this Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling was honored with given the Organic Certificate by PM.
- On the sidelines of the National Conference on Sustainable Agriculture and Farmers Welfare the Sikkim Organic Festival 2016 was organized.
And at this event PM also launched three new orchid species developed in Sikkim called “the Land of Flowers” which are:
- Cymbidium Sardar (named after Sardar Patel)
- Cymbidium Deen Dayal (named after Deen Dayal Upaddhyay)
- Cymbidium Namo (named after Narendra Modi)
- From 2003 the journey of landlocked Sikkim to become organic state was started when Pawan Chamling government had decided to make state an organic farming state.
- And for strictly implementation of organic farming state government had banned entry and sale of chemical inputs for farmland in stages and also moved away from subsidies to farmers for purchasing chemical inputs.
- Which make compulsory for farmers to implement organic farming.
- And in this regard agricultural land slowly transformed into certified organic land by organic practices.
What is organic farming?
This organic farming is mean to chemical free farming which does not allow chemical inputs such as insect killer and fertilizers.
It is totally depend on traditional techniques such as:
- green manure
- green compost
- biological pest control
- Crop rotation
This technique will help in building and improving the soil health resulting in sustainable increase in crop production.
- Published on: January 20, 2016