Gangtok, 24 July (IPR): Hon’ble Minister for Food Security & Agriculture Development, Horticulture & Cash Crops Development, Animal Husbandry, Livestock, Fisheries & Veterinary Services, Information & Public Relations and Printings Departments, Shri Lok Nath Sharma, had an interactive session with the newly recruited Agriculture Development Officers (ADOs), Horticulture Development Officers (HDOs) and Marketing Assistants at the training hall of State Agriculture Management & Extention Training Institute (SAMETI) today.
The interactive session-cum-inaugural function of the two-daylong training programme also had the presence of Secretary, FS&AD, Shri Khorlo Bhutia, Secretary, H&CCD, Shri D.K. Bhandari, Chief Executive Officer, Sikkim Organic Mission, Dr S. Anbalagan, officials and trainees.
The programme began with the introductory round from newly recruited 23 ADOs and HDOs who have been posted in all districts of the State.
Minister Shri L.N. Sharma, in his keynote address, congratulated trainees and extended best wishes on behalf of the State Government under the leadership of Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang (Golay).
Highlighting on the importance of Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Husbandry Departments, the Minister stated that every component of these departments have direct connections with the lives of people. Hence, it is necessary to deliver assigned responsibilities with utmost sincerity, with the realisation of farmer’s hardships, constraints and expectations.
Referring to the statement of Hon’ble Prime minister of India, the Minister stressed to ensure multiplication of benefits to the farmers in practice.
Shri Sharma motivated the ADOs and HDOs to bring notable change in the field within one year through target oriented methodology, as per the directives of the Government. He urged them to work with complete dedication and further instructed them to submit their progress report on monthly basis through proper channel.
Besides delivery of seeds and saplings and other facilities to the farmers, the ADOs and HDOs were also urged to carry out follow up activities in every stage of cultivation to witness paradigm shift in terms of production. He also announced to give reward for best performance in field work and also threw light on the progress achieved by the farmers of Budang Kamarey GPU.
The Minister also urged trainees to advise unemployed youths about the lucrative profession of agriculture and its scope. He encouraged Marketing Assistants and other employees appointed under One Family One Job scheme and said that they are additional manpower of the department who can bring reformation and revolution in agriculture sector collectively.
Shri Sharma also directed the officials to revive nursery in governmental farms and left out barren lands so as to develop model farms whereby farmers can be educated and encouraged.
He also enlightened the gathering on the contribution of agriculture towards pollution control, health benefits and to combat against numerous diseases. Further, he emphasised on the concept of Green Economy conceptualized by the HCM and urged for cooperation and support at all levels.
As informed by Secretary, Agriculture, Shri Khorlo Bhutia, amongst 323 employees appointed under One Family One Job scheme in Agriculture Department, 261 Marketing Assistants will be posted at Ward level in East district to collect and ascertain data pertaining to various agriculture and horticulture productions from the respective farmers.
They will also identify the beneficiaries of Prime Minister Kishan Samman Nidhi within stipulated period of one month. The Agriculture Department has issued a dairy/notebook to the employees who have been directed to submit collected data to the concerned department.
Earlier, Director, Agriculture-cum-SNO E/R, Mrs. Asha Lama, proposed the welcome address while Additional Director, Horticulture, Shri P.L. Basnett, presented the thanks note. The inaugural session was followed by the technical session.