Gangtok, Feb 7: (IPR) Hon’ble Minister Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services, IPR and Printing and Stationery Departments Shri Lok Nath Sharma along with the Secretary Agriculture Shri Rinzing C Bhutia and Director Horticulture Shri Padam Subba attended the “LIVE Phone-in Grameen Karyakram” a special broadcast dedicated to the farmers at All India Radio, Gangtok, this evening. Minister Sharma highlighted various schemes and programmes of the state government implemented under the department of Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services, Government of Sikkim and also interacted with the farmers during the LIVE programme broadcasted from 6:05 PM to 6:35 PM in All India Radio/Aakashwani Gangtok.
While interacting with the farmers Minister Sharma cleared the queries and questions of the farmers and elaborated on the the provision of subsidised loan for the farmers, compensation for damaged cultivation against wildlife interference and natural calamities, marketing perspectives, etc.
During the programme, farmers from Rigu (E), Labdang (W), Namcheybong (E), Timi (E), Lingmoo ( S) and other places asked questions through phone line.
Minister Sharma also informed about the encouraging policy of financial incentives to be availed for Milk Producers of the state for delivering more than five litres of milk at the collection centre on daily basis, from financial year 2020-21. He also drew lights on the initiation of the state government for Marketing facilities and urged farmers to increase the production of Turmeric, Cardamom, Ginger and Buckwheat.