[At the pan-India level, the price for milk in Sikkim is among the highest, compared to Rs. 22 per litre in West Bengal and Rs.25 in Bihar]
GYALSHING, (IPR): Sikkim Milk Union on Sunday distributed the cheques for incentive on milk production at the rate of Rs. 8 per litre to the milk producers of Yuksam-Tashiding at a brief programme organised at Chongrang near Tashiding.
These incentive cheques were to cover the Rs.8 extra per litre announced by Chief Minister P.S.Tamang as encouragement and financial support from the State Government for milk producers.
SLA Deputy Speaker, Sangay Lepcha, who also happens to be the area MLA handed over the incentive cheques to the milk producers.
Lamathang Milk Producers Co-operative from Thingling-Khechuperi gram panchayat unit has topped as the recipient of a cumulative incentives, receiving over Rs 2.5 lakh in the first four months; followed by Arithang-Chongrang and Khechuperi gram panchayat units occupying the second and the third places respectively. Currently, 44 families in Lamathang village are engaged in dairy and milk production.
Incentive at the rate of Rs.8 was started in April last year by the Sikkim Government. The incentive was now being distributed at the doorstep of milk producers.
At the pan-India level, the price for milk in Sikkim is among the highest, compared to Rs.22 per litre in West Bengal and Rs.25 in Bihar.
MLA Sangay Lepcha, in his brief address, said, “the Sikkim Government is committed to support every farmer in the state for the economic growth and agriculture is one of the sector that people can opt”. He added that Milk Producers have a huge scope and opportunities under SKM Government.
MLA Lepcha also enquired about the difficulties faced by the milk producers and assured all possible help and support from the State Government