Namchi January 20(IPR) : An awareness programme on Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services was held at Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Namthang, today.
Hon’ble Minister for Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services Departments Shri Lok Nath Sharma graced the occasion as the Chief Guest in special presence of the Hon’ble Minister-cum-Area MLA, Namthang Rateypani Constituency Shri Sanjeet Kharel as the Guest of Honour.
During the programme, e-Voucher benefit distribution programme under MI Pradhan M antri Krishi Sinchai Yojana (PMKSY) Scheme was officially launched by the Hon’ble Minister. He handed over token of various facilities including construction of GENAP tank, Green House, Cold Storage Unit, Vegetable Collection Centre, Vermicompost Unit. Besides, farmers also received Sintex and Polypipe, Carnation Cultivation, Gerbera Cultivation, Maize seeds, Soil Health Card and live piglets of Hampshire breed, Cowpea ( Bodi), Kharif Fodder Seed, Backyard Poultry, Chaff Cutter, Rearing of Lactating Jersey Cow and Intensive Carp Fish Farming and subsidized loan.
In his address Minister Sharma outlined the agriculture as the important source of livelihood and added that the State Government is dedicated and committed to uplift Sikkimese people from consumer to producer.
Encouraging farmers in vegetables and milk production, he informed that the State Government will provide financial incentives for vegetable growers and milk producers from the next financial year 2020-21. The State Government has left no stone unturned to ensure progress and prosperity of the farmers as envisioned by the Hon’ble Chief Minister. Further, he directed the concerned department to develop every VLW centre as a model farming centre of empirical study for the farmers.
He also announced to establish Stockment Centre and Milk Collection Centre at Niz-Ramyang GPU. The Minister assured to introduce new technology in the state to encourage fisheries farm and increase in vegetables in the year 2020. The state government is formulating an effective strategy to protect cultivations from wildlife interference and to reopen Gaucharan etc., he added.
Minister-cum-Area MLA Shri Sanjeet Kharel marked the event as a historic day for the farmers as the state government has distributed facilities of more than Rupees One Crore for Namthang Rateypani Constituency. The present state government has given top priority to Agriculture, Health and Education sector. He also motivated unemployed youths to adopt agriculture as a source of livelihood and also advised to initiate dairy and goat farming.
Pr. Secretary Agriculture and Horticulture Shri R. Telang encouraged farmers towards agricultural profession and drew lights on sustainability and income generations through this profession. He also underlined advanced technology emerged in the agriculture farming sector and incentivise the farmers to sell their agricultural produces after proper processing and packaging. He also touched upon planning of urban cluster for vegetables and contract farming.
Secretary Horticulture Shri M.T. Sherpa threw lights on ongoing schemes and programmes of Horticulture Department while the Secretary Agriculture Shri Rinzing C. Bhutia highlighted various schemes and programmes of Agriculture Department. He also informed that the department will distribute Soil Health Card to a total of sixty six thousand people in the state, which began from Namthang today.
Director Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services Shri N.B. Chettri elaborated existing schemes and programmes of various sections implemented under the department. Managing Director, Sikkim Milk Union, Dr. A.B. Karki spoke on various activities recently taken up by the Milk Union and encouraged farmers for surplus production of milk.
At the onset, Minister Sharma along with the officials visited vegetable farm, demonstration unit of German Angora Rabbit, Goattery, Poultry, low cost Mushroom Unit, Technology Demonstration Unit within the premises of KVK.
The Minister also interacted with the staff and took details of various activities and further advised them to develop KVK as a model in all types of activities to encourage and support the villagers.
The dignitaries and the farmers also saw technical demonstrations based on Zero Budget: Natural Farming/ No dig farming in the field.