Gyalshing, 5th June, 2020 (IPR): The Hon’ble Deputy Speaker-cum- Area MLA of Tashiding Yuksom Constituency Shri Sangay Lepcha and the Hon’ble Minister, Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services Shri Lok Nath Sharma had an interactive session with the farmers and handed over agricultural tools and inputs at Lower Arithang under Arithang Chongrang GPU, today.
A total of Thirty Two beneficiaries received Polypipe and Four each beneficiary received Power Spray & Hand Spray under Agriculture Department. Similarly, Fifty beneficiaries received Waterpipes under Horticulture Department. Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services Department also presented token of Backyard Poultry Farming to Ten beneficiaries, Chaff Cutters to five beneficiaries and Two Power Tillers was also handed over to two different farming groups.
Deputy Speaker Shri Sangay Lepcha, in his brief address, urged farmers to make optimum use of the benefits they received from the department. He also shared about the realisation of the importance of the farming profession during ongoing COVID 19 crisis and encouraged farmers to adopt farming to earn a sustainable livelihood. He also assured to address demands and grievances of public in his constituency in coordination with the line departments in the near future.
While addressing the farmers, Minister Sharma elaborated farming as one of the noblest profession to adopt with pride and honour to avail essential vegetables and food to human society.
He emphasised upon the dependence of the rural economy on agricultural farming and urged all beneficiaries to multiply the product of benefits and inputs received from the department for further growth and development.
He also drew light on the recent declarations made by the department in coordination with the bankers and informed that every Wednesday will be reserved by the banks for farmers, a district level review meeting will be held on first Thursday of the month to assess progress and challenges of farmers, Credit Facilitation Camp will also be organised to sanction subsidised loan on the spot.
He also updated about the banking provision of free collateral to acquire a subsidised loan of amounting to Rupees One Lakh Sixty Thousand at an individual level and up to Ten Lakhs for Self Help Groups.
Speaking in the context of public demands Minister Sharma made notable announcements which include, the establishment of a Nationalised Bank within Yuksam Tashiding Constituency to ensure easy access of banking facilities for the farmers, the establishment of Processing Unit for Cherry Pepper, an extension of Nessa Cluster farming, the establishment of Cold Storage Centre, the formation of Farmer Producers Organization (FPOs), the arrangement of Transport facilities for FPO in coordination with SIMFED, replacement of Weigh Machines of different Cooperative Organisations in Yuksom Tashiding Constituency. Minister Sharma also declared the Chongrang Arithang as Export Village for Cherry Pepper. He also directed departmental field functionaries and officials to ensure inclusion of each eligible farmers under PM Krishi Samman Nidhi Yojana.
Earlier, the Manazing Director, Sikkim Milk Union, Dr. A B Karki articulated on the importance of Dairy products and its growing demands in the society and further motivated farmers to adopt dairy farming, extensively.
Additional Director PMKSY/Marketing Shri Jagdish Pradhan highlighted on the marketing aspects, benefits of processing, packaging for value addition and touched upon Fasal Bima Yojana.
Additional Director Spices Shri B L Dahal spoke on the productive potential of spices in the locality and correlated with a wide scope in future perspectives.
The programme was also attended by the Additional Director ( Vegetables) Shri M K Subba, Additional Director (Fruits) Shri P L Basnett, Joint Directors, District Incharges, BDO Chongrang Shri Subash Chandra Subba and others.
Thereafter, Dy. Speaker Shri Sangay Lepcha and Minister Sharma made field inspection at Nessa ward and appreciated hardship of the farmers they beared to cultivate Cherry pepper( Dalley) in a cluster.
Later, they visited Private Integrated Farm of Shri Chokey Kazi Bhutia at Kotthi Bari, Upper Laso Tashiding and also planted saplings of Rhododendron.
The daylong exercise culminated with another plantation at the premises of Tashiding Primary Health Centre. He also visited PHC and interacted with the staffs and admitted patients.