The state of Sikkim is expected to scale up the production of saffron in the state

Srinagar, July 11th (IPR): The state of Sikkim is expected to scale up the production of saffron in the state in support of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. A tripartite agreement on Saffron Cultivation in Sikkim is scheduled to be signed between the Horticulture Department Government of Sikkim, Sikkim University, and Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Government of Jammu and Kashmir at Srinagar on 12th July 2022.
A high-level delegation led by the Hon’ble Governor, Government of Sikkim, Shri Ganga Prasad, arrived at Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir this afternoon. He is accompanied by the Hon’ble Minister, Agriculture and Horticulture Department, Government of Sikkim, Shri Lok Nath Sharma, and the Vice-Chancellor, Sikkim University, Prof. Avinash Khare. The Hon’ble Governor, Hon’ble Minister, and the dignitaries were accorded a warm welcome at the Srinagar airport and Nehru Guest House Srinagar by the Financial Commissioner ( Additional Chief Secretary) Agriculture Production Department ( APD), Shri Attal Dulloo, IAS and senior officials of the Government of Jammu and Kashmir.
The high-level delegation from Sikkim has also been joined by the senior officials of the Horticulture Department, Principal Director Shri Sadan Tamang, Director Shri MK Subba, Director Shri PL Basnett, Additional Director Shri BL Dahal, Joint Director Shri Robin Gurung, and senior officials from Raj Bhawan, Gangtok.
The accompanying members from Sikkim University, Prof. Shanti Swarup Sharma, Prof. Laxuman Sharma, Prof. Niladri Bag, and Dr. Santosh Kumar Rai, have planned to conduct empirical research on saffron cultivation in the field.
Two Progressive farmers, namely, Shri Kunzang T. Limboo from Lachung and Shri ST Sherpa from Okhray, have also been allowed to join the visiting team to undergo a study tour on Kesar cultivation.
The state of Sikkim has yielded successful results in the pilot phase of saffron cultivation in various identified pockets, and from now onwards, the saffron mission is expected to be flourished further in the state of Sikkim under the collaborative efforts of Sikkim University, Horticulture Department Government of Sikkim and Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of J&K.
The Government of Jammu and Kashmir has expressed keen interest in seeking support from Sikkim to expand organic farming in their state. The agreement would be significantly important to benefit both states mutually

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