rime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday praised Sikkim for being the only state to have reached new heights of development while preserving the sanctity of the nature, and also lauded Chief Minister Pawan Chamling for his vision of welfare for farmers and tribes.
The Prime Minister inaugurated the Sikkim Organic Festival 2016, and addressed the Plenary Session of the National Conference on Sustainable Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, at Gangtok in Sikkim. Five presentations on reports of different groups of state Agriculture Ministers, Agriculture Production Commissioners and Agriculture Secretaries were made to the Prime Minister. He digitally launched the logo of "Sikkim Organic" and launched three new Orchid species developed in Sikkim. Lauding Chief Minister Pawan Chamling for his vision of welfare for farmers and tribes, the Prime Minister said the welfare and development issues raised by Chamling would be looked into by the Union Government.
The Prime Minister described Sikkim as an example of resolve despite difficulties and struggle, towards organic agriculture. He said today the whole world had recognised this effort of the farmers of Sikkim. He said the winds of this organic effort would now spread across the country. Recalling the recent CoP-21 meeting in Paris, where the idea of "back to basics" had been raised forcefully, he said Sikkim has already achieved that feat of living in harmony with nature, and is therefore a model of development which also protects nature.
Referring to the recently announced crop insurance scheme, Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, the Prime Minister said the scheme had instilled confidence among farmers, and efforts should be made to increase coverage of insurance. Asserting that farmers have to be motivated for schemes such as soil health card, he said a network of soil laboratories should come up across the country, and even school labs could be used during summer holiday months for this purpose. He reiterated his suggestion for a small amount of fruit juice to be mixed with aerated drinks and said that organic exports would receive a huge boost with the building of an airport in Sikkim.