Sikkim is announced as the first entirely organic state of the country, creating a benchmark for all the other states of the country to follow. On the occasion of the Sikkim Organic Festival, Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared it to be 100% organic state.
The seed of organic farming methods was 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 the old farming methods. Now, after 12 years of 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 the 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 were provided by the state and even the pesticides were gradually banned.
Subsequently, Sikkim becoming organic state proved to be a boon for the state. It attracted a large tourist base ever sense which generates employment and boosts the economy of the state. There is also improvement in public health and environment.
LESSONS TO LEARN
With ever growing number farmer suicides, poverty driven areas and 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 with inorganic ones, hence they are not affordable, but it organic products leave niche and like Sikkim entire country becomes organic, then the price are bound to drop – says the economy expert.
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