Sikkim has been announced as the first entirely organic state in the country, creating a benchmark for all the other states in the country to follow. On the occasion of the Sikkim Organic Festival, Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared it to be a 100% organic state.
The seeds of organic farming methods were sown back in the year 2003 by the Chief Minister of Sikkim Pawan Chamling, in his momentous declaration of shunning the usage of pesticides and moving back to old farming methods. Now, after 12 years of dedicated efforts, the state has finally managed to become completely organic through their traditional methods of farming.
Sometimes you step ahead by going back.
It began with cutting down the subsidies on chemicals and pesticides, eventually leading to a complete ban on the products. The Sikkim Organic Mission carried the wand of change and aided in spreading awareness across the state. Organic farming was added as a subject to the curriculum of the students, and a proper implementation of law and order took place as well. Quality training to the farmers was provided by the state, and even the pesticides were gradually banned.
Subsequently, Sikkim becoming completely organic proved to be a boon for the state. It has been attracting a large tourist base ever since, which generates employment and boosts the economy of the state. There is also improvement in the public and environmental health.
LESSONS TO LEARN
With an ever-growing number of farmer suicides and poverty driven areas as well in increase in the desertification of land, India as a nation should definitely take charge and revolve backwards towards an organic way of farming. It is argued that organic food items are costlier in comparison to inorganic ones, hence they are not affordable, but if organic products leave the niches and like Sikkim, the entire country becomes organic, then the price are bound to drop, says the economy expert.
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