July 1st to be celebrated as “Gwala Diwas” in Sikkim, Sikkim on the verge of achieving target of ‘Atmanirbhar Sikkim in Dairy Farming’.

July 1st to be celebrated as "Gwala Diwas" in SikkimSikkim on the verge of achieving target of ‘Atmanirbhar Sikkim in Dairy Farming’.

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Acknowledging the contribution of Dairy farmers first “Gwala Diwas” celebrated in Sikkim today. From next year, 1st of July will be celebrated as ‘Gwala Diwas’ in Sikkim. The announcement was made by Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang in a function organised at Manan Kendra today. The function marked the first edition of ‘Gwala Diwas’ in the State of Sikkim.  Chief Minister Cut the ceremonial cake and declared the day as ‘Gwala Diwas’.

Must tell here, ever since, the state government has started giving Rs 8 on each litre of Milk as incentive to farmers to attain the state government’s aim of Milk sufficiency in Sikkim, there are milk abundance and now Sikkim is sufficient milk production. And after successful result on Milk production, state government has decided to extend support on Cash Crops also and recently Horticulture  department issued notification saying  whereas the State Government having deemed it  expedient to enhance production of various agriculture and horticulture crops and streamline marketing of the same through involvement of of Institutionalized bodies has proposed to implement Production Incentive Scheme( PIS) on crops to disbursed as per rates  and guidelines. The schemes shall cover as many as five crops that is Large Cardamom, Ginger, Turmeric, Orange and Buckwheat. 

Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang in his address congratulated all the Awardees and urged them to continue with the same zeal. He expressed happiness that the State Government has been successful in incentivizing dairy farming in the State, as a result of which more and more people are embracing this field. He dedicated ‘Gwala Diwas’ to the hard-working dairy farmers and entrepreneurs who have realized the vision of the Government and have made the most of the opportunity on offer. He termed the day as historic as it marked a unique shift of dairy farmers towards prosperity. He said that the State is now on the verge of achieving the target of ‘Atmanirbhar Sikkim in Dairy Farming’.

The Chief Minister expressed happiness that educated youth are also embracing the agricultural sector and dairy farming. He reiterated that this is one profession which is always in demand and is highly lucrative.

Stressing on the importance laid by the Government on dairy farming sector, the Chief Minister shared that special focus has been laid on this sector in this year’s budget allocation. Aspects like ex-gratia payment to meet up losses due to natural calamity, 50% support on insurance premium, and establishment of milk collection centres in backward constituencies have been incorporated in the budget, he informed.

Agriculture and Horticulture Minister L N Sharma in his address said that the Government has, in true sense, valued and honoured the contribution of dairy farmers or ‘gwalas’ in the State by declaring 1st of July as ‘Gwala Diwas’. He added that this is an expression of the farmer-friendly policy of the State Government. He profusely thanked the Chief Minister for his constant motivation and support. The Minister thanked the dairy farmers from all the four districts for their valuable presence and participation in today’s programme. He also congratulated all the awardees, and lauded the effort of all the officers and staff of the Animal Husbandry & VS Department and the Sikkim Milk Union. Minister concluded his address by mentioning the visible progress made by the present government in the field of agriculture and animal husbandry in a span of just two years.

This year’s prestigious ‘Milkman of the Year’ Award was conferred upon Smt. Suk Maya Tamang of Melli Dara Ward Number 2 for highest milk supply to Sikkim Milk Union in the financial year 2020-21 along with other hosts of awards were handed over today. The cash award of Rs. Two (2) lakhs along with trophy and certificate was handed over to Smt Tamang’s husband by the Chief Minister. Smt Suk Maya Tamang was successful in contributing around 30,000 litres of milk during the year to the Sikkim Milk Union. It may be recalled that the ‘Milkman of the Year’ award was constituted in the year 2020 under the auspices of the Chief Minister. The first edition of the Award was grabbed by a progressive dairy farmer from Bermiok, West Sikkim. The Award will be a regular feature of the Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Services Department, and will be presented every year on the occasion of ‘Gwala Diwas’. (With inputs from IPR Press Release)

  

 

 

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