Gangtok, July 5:
State government to provide an additional and increased rate of incentives on new items after Cash Crops and Milk. It was informed by Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Husbandry minister LN Sharma today during his field visit to Rhenock constituency. Minister today announced government will now provide more incentives that is Rs 100 per kilo incentive on Cardamom, Rs 20 on Ginger, Rs 10 on Turmeric (Haldi), Rs 20 on Oranges and Rs 10 on Buckwheat.
Minister Sharma also announced new incentives on Cabbage Rs 5 per kilo, Cauliflower Rs 7 kg per kilo, Green peas rs 8 per kg, Dalley (Fireball chilly) Rs 20 kg, Raddish Rs 7 per kg and carrot rs 7 per kg but all supplies should be via Farmer Producer Organisation (FPO) and Cooperatives.
Minister also said that this initiative would channelize marketing through FPOs and Cooperatives and also encourage the establishment of processing and packaging units at cluster level to translate the value addition directly to the farmers. He also highlighted the recent additional incentives of Rs 8 per litre of milk launched by the State Government to augment the dairy farmers and 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 State Government has left no stone unturned to ensure progress and prosperity of the farmers as envisioned by the Chief Minister, he added.
Minister L N Sharma along with Rhenock MLA BK Khatiwada today visited Sajong, Budang, Budang – Kamarey GPU, under Rhenock constituency and interacted with farmers and distributed tokens for various benefits.
At last Minister and MLA also attended an event named field visit cum interaction program with framers of Budang Kameray GPU which was organised by Sikkim Kisan Morcha in collaboration with Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Husbandry.
While addressing the interaction event highlighted various incentives, policies and initiatives of the State Government under agriculture and horticulture departments to augment the farming community in the State. He informed that the State Government under the leadership of Prem Singh Tamang has laid stress on the introduction of innovative approaches to revive and revitalize the agriculture sector.
While outlining agriculture as an important source of livelihood, the Minister added that the State Government is dedicated and committed to uplift Sikkimese people from consumer to producer.