Namchi, 7th April (IPR): As fourteen days have passed since the announcement of a 21-day nationwide lockdown, South Sikkim is also peacefully observing this period so as to contain the spread of COVID-19. The good news here is that till date zero cases of COVID-19 has been reported in the second smallest state of the country.
Lockdown, in general, can have an adverse effect in any supply chain may it be economic or access to basic essential items. However, it is extremely laudable of Sikkim State Co-operative Supply and Marketing Federation Ltd. (SIMFED) particularly of the South District who are efficiently delivering vegetables to the various market areas of the district.
Some employees of South Sikkim SIMFED branch is on emergency duty they are in-charge of collecting vegetables from the farmers of the rural areas. The vegetables are then supplied to the vendors in semi-urban locations thereby providing an uninterrupted inventory of staple vegetables to the consumers.
Marcus Chettri SIMFED official from Namchi is visiting vegetable farms on a daily basis at places such as Salley bong, Rabitar, Jawbari, Phalidara, Sadam, Bul-Singtam, Sumbuk and many more. He and his team aids in the procurement of greens cultivated in this locality. Seasonal edibles such as Cabbages, Cauliflower, Beans, Carrot, Beetroot, Garlic, Potatoes, Ginger and other sundry consumable items are purchased from the organic farmers which are then kept at SIMFED outlet at Namchi. Some commodities on-demand basis are also sold to vendors who are established at Namchi, Jorethang, Melli and Ravangla.
Currently, SIMFED in the district is daily providing an average quantity of 100-120 kg Cauliflower, 210-220 kg Cabbage, 25-30 kg Carrot, 15-20 kg Broccoli, 20-30 bunch Leafy Vegetables, 110-120 kg Potatoes and 35-40 kg Green Peas.
In this crucial time, SIMFED has emerged as a hero particularly towards the organic farmers of the state. Sikkim has a sustainable economy where the major focus is on agriculture and to support the farmers and their produce in this time of crises SIMFED has maintained a supply chain wherein the vegetables are transported seamlessly by the officials.
This chain also let the farmers a chance to avoid going to the market by selling their agricultural produce to the SIMFED officials from their hamlet thereby maintaining social distancing and other safety precautions.