The Hon’ble Minister for Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Services Departments Shri Lok Nath Sharma addressed media persons about his recent visit to the United States of America at Manan Kendra premises, today.
Hon’ble Minister Sharma said that the US visit was truly fruitful for the state of Sikkim which will certainly open numerous opportunities for Sikkimese farmers to sell their organic products in the US market.
Minister Sharma, expressed his heartiest gratitude to the Honorable Chief Minister for providing the opportunity for an Educational and Business visit to the Agriculture & Food Processing sector of the United States of America. It was a great experience to learn various essential factors for further strengthening the farming sector and to make the farmers self-reliant and prosperous, economically.
He mentioned that the delegation visited most of the states which are agriculturally potential and met investors, business partners, officials, progressive farmers, and others.
The visiting delegation has received an incredible response and strong assurance from the potential partners in dealing marketing of organic products in the United States. While on the flip side, the state should be able to beat a major challenge of producing surplus production for self-sufficiency and export, he added.
He also shared that the US market has a huge demand for organic products like turmeric, bamboo shoots, fermented leafy green vegetables (gundruk), Kinema, cardamom, meat, and many more vegetables and crops.
The state government with the concerned department and Sikkim Organic Farming Development Agency (SOFDA)/ Sikkim State Organic Certification Agency (SSOCA) have been providing the necessary support and guiding the progressive farmers, FPOs, entrepreneurs of agriculture, and allied sectors to export their produce. He also advised farmers to work hard with absolute determination to enhance production through cluster farming, so that the increasing demand in the global market can be addressed successfully.
He also shared his experience of addressing the Association of Food Industries convention in Florida. He mentioned that the august house of international delegates from various countries were well informed about the potential of the Himalayan state and the future scope of investing here in Sikkim. Organic products of Sikkim were also displayed that received huge appreciation from foreign agencies and participants.
He also mentioned that the required official formalities have been accomplished to acquire the NOP certificate and a team shall visit Sikkim in near future. He also touched upon farming-friendly policies implemented in the state under the leadership of the Hon’ble Chief Minister