Geyzing, Nov 24:
Week long Paddy harvesting festival 2021 at Toyang, Gyalshing, West Sikkim concluded. Agriculture Minister L N Sharma attended the concluding day event as chief guest in the presence of local MLA Yangthang constituency and PHE Minister Bhim Hang Subba and other dignitaries. The theme of the festival was “promoting our local culture & tradition”.
The event was organised by Paddy Harvesting Festival 2021 Toyang Gyalshing Committee in association with Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Husbandry department. During the programme, the Chief Guest L N Sharma and other dignitaries distributed various agricultural aids and token, as well as credit incentives. The items distributed under Agriculture Department included power tiller, chaff cutter, power weeder, and brush cutter.The items distributed under Horticulture Department included tubular structure greenhouse, grinder machine and other equipments.
Jagat Gurung Chief Patron and Chairman SIDICO in his welcome address said “the festival is just not a festival it is culturally significance it preserves our tradition and it aims to revive the cultural traditions, and portray the age-old indigenous practices of paddy harvest called ‘Dain’.
Kamal Niraula, President Paddy Harvesting Celebration committee briefly informed about the harvest festival and gave a overall overview of the programme. As a part of festival Volleyball tournament, Tambola, Raffle lucky draw was also organised.
On the occasion, both the Ministers came forward to take part in “Kunew phorney/Dahin” exercise along with the farmers.
Addressing the gathering, Minister Sharma congratulated Yangthang constituency for organizing unique paddy harvesting festival and setting example in promotion of farming practices in traditional tune.
He elucidated governmental initiatives accomplished under the leadership of the Chief Minister and mentioned that the ruling government has given utmost priority in agriculture and livestock farming sectors for sustainable upliftment of rural population.
He informed that the state government recently accorded approval to provide 35 percentage subsidy in fisheries sector under Skill Startup scheme. Further, he highlighted fisheries potential of the locality and informed that, atleast nineteen families from the constituency were benefited with Intensive Carp Farming and Raceway Trout Farming.
He also highlighted financial benefits of Production Incentive being provided under ‘Mukhyamantri Krishi Atmanirbhar Yojana’ and urged departmental official and all concerned to give priority in transforming the society by promoting agriculture and livestock farming.
He also highlighted financial incentives in Dairy and Piggery sectors under ‘Mukhya Mantri Pashudhan Samridhi Yojana’ and elaborated provision of subsidy under ‘Mukhya Mantri Matshya Utpadan Yojana’, Development Through Credit and other farmer friendly schemes. Minister Sharma also touched upon provision of 50 percent subsidy under ‘National Livestock Mission’.
He also recalled governmental initiatives taken up for the Sanskrit teachers in recent years, launching of Sikkim Ad-hoc Teachers Regularisation Policy 2021 and ‘Sikkim Garib Awas Yojana’.
The organizing committee also felicitated both the ministers, volunteers and individuals for their contributions to succeed the event. Birkhaman Limboo was also honoured for applaudable role in transforming large area of barren land into cultivable land in the locality.
During the programme, over one hundred farming household received agricultural tools and farming machines including power tiller, fabricated green house, water harvesting Genap Tank, Water Harvesting Flexi Tank, Pulverizer Machine, Knapsack Sprayer Machine, HDPE Pipe, Chaff cutter, Goattery, Sheep, poultry farming, Intensive Carp Farming, Trout Culture in Raceway etc.
The programme also saw colorful traditional cultural performances and traditional stalls. The final match of the volleyball tournament was also played between Kyongsa Youth Club -A and Super 6, 7th Mile, won by former and lifted the winning trophy along with cash award.