SEP 25, KARGIL: Minister of Agriculture, Horticulture, Livestock and Veterinary Services Lok Nath Sharma held a meeting with LAHDC President and Chief Advisor Kargil Feroz Ahmad Khan at Baroo conference room, Kargil, here Friday.
The meeting was organized to share the story of Sikkim’s success in becoming a 100 percent organic state and the farmer-friendly policies and programs after the declaration launched by the state government.
The meeting also had the participation of Executive Advisor for Works Aga Syed Abbas Razvi, Executive Advisor for Agriculture Mohsin Ali, Deputy Commissioner and CEO, LAHDC, Kargil Santosh Sukhadeve, Director of Animal and Sheep Breeding Ladakh Dr Muhammad Raza Abbasi, CEO SOFDA Sikkim Dr S Anabalam, CEO, SSOCA Sikkim Sudhir Giri, Binita Chhetri, QUALITY MANAGER SSOCA, responsible for agriculture, horticulture and animal husbandry and animal husbandry as well as animal husbandry other relevant officials from all line departments were present at the meeting.
Agriculture Minister Lok Nath Sharma congratulated UT Ladakh on going organic and stressed that we need to embrace the slogan that agriculture is the future and the future is agriculture. He highlighted the essential importance of agriculture for the existence of a healthy human society and a source of sustainable livelihood. He also highlighted the recent developments made by the state government for the benefit of farmers in Sikkim.
The minister said all possible support would be extended to LAHDC and advised to visit Sikkim for empirical study and to receive advice on organic farming. He said the aim of organic farming should be to increase the added value of the product, and predicted that Sikkim and Ladakh share similar topographical characteristics, religious and cultural values and that organic farming will further enhance this link.
CEC Feroz Ahmad Khan said we must strive for a sustainable economy and the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us that agriculture may be the best option to achieve a sustainable economy. He added that the incorporation of technology in agriculture is undoubtedly necessary to improve productivity and in the coming times with the collaboration of the two LAHDCs and the government of Sikkim in accordance with the signed MoU, we will be able to declare Ladakh an organic UT by 2025.
CEC Khan further insisted on the exchange of resource persons between the government of Sikkim and LAHDC Kargil for a better understanding of new technologies and suggested an exhibition visit of a team of officials from Kargil to Sikkim to understand biological agriculture.
DC Kargil Santosh Sukhadeve, welcoming the guests earlier, said that organic farming is already practiced in Kargil, but to achieve 100 percent organic farming, we will need the guidance and support of the government of Sikkim, because they have already realized it.
The director of breeding UT Ladakh and those responsible for agriculture, horticulture and animal husbandry and animal husbandry also shared their experiences and suggestions.
Meanwhile, SSOCA CEO Sikkim Sudhir Giri and SOFDA CEO Sikkim Dr S Anbalagan, IFS made presentations on Sikkim’s success in achieving organic farming and also shared their suggestions and experiences. (IPR)