ICAR to help revival of Sikkim’s famous Orange, Large Cardamom and Ginger through research after tussle with State government


Sikkim Review

Gangtok, Nov 18: 

Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) is not helping state to come up with the solution for various endangered crops or rather to treat infected crops said State Agriculture Minister Lok Nath Sharma. 

Minister said “last year I have apprised and invited ICAR to do some research on infection in Oranges, low productivity of Large Cardamom, Ginger and other few things in villages so that Sikkim can once again increase the productivity of these crops which used to be Sikkim’s pride but due to some reason we have not able to produce well but it was not taken seriously  by ICAR but now slowly our relations are getting better and I have clearly told them to do some research so that state can revive these crop production and our farmers once again produce these crops which is our pride. 

Sikkim’s Agriculture
Minister LN Sharma distributing Land Tiller Machine


He was speaking to media on a sideline of an awareness cum Token distribution programme of Agriculture /Horticulture animal husbandry and comprehensive credit camp held at VAC Luing Perbing GPU today. Minister Agiriculture Lok Nath Sharma attended the evenrt as chief guest and Nagendra Bikram Gurung Burtuk Constituency In-chrarge as Guest of Honour. The event was organised by Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Husbandry department. 

Minister also informed that as many as 920 farmers have benefited from Development Through Credit and a sum of Rs 13 crore has been transferred to farmers. 

Also, the Minister announced that one village in Upper Burtuk will soon be adopted as a cluster and developed under ‘Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana’. 

He also announced a 30,000 litres water tank for Upper Luing Devithan source. During the programme, the Chief Guest 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, functional packhouse, grinder machine, and greenhouse plastic.

Likewise, under Animal Husbandry Department, loans were distributed for Poultry farming, Cattle Farming and Goat Farming. Similarly, token for sheep and goat were also distributed. Token for Water tank and chaff cutter were also distributed. 

Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) is an autonomous organisation under the Department of Agricultural Research and Education (DARE), Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare , Government of India. (With additional input from IPR)



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