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Veg shortage: steps taken to promote organic farming in Sikkim

Press Trust of India  |  Gangtok 

In the wake of shortage of vegetables in Sikkim, measures are being taken to promote farming post ban on sale and consumption of non-agricultural and horticultural items in the state from April one, an said.

"The vegetables' shortage due to inadequate in is a short-term problem as steps have been taken to boost farming after the ban on sale and consumption of non-organic agricultural and horticultural commodities," State Supply and Marketing Federation Ltd, (SIMFED) said yesterday.

has cultivable land at about 80,000 hectares of which only 15,000 are being used for organic farming, he said, adding that the proposed to encourage farmers and big landowners to put their unused land for farming in order to increase of various items not only for domestic consumption, but also for export.

The SIMFED MD said that the farmers would be advised to carry out multi-crop farming of organic produces for which required assistance under MNREGA or other schemes would be made available to them.

If all these measures are put in place, then the shortage of agricultural and horticultural commodities in Sikkim will be a thing of the past latest by next year, Awasthi said.

Meanwhile, the SIMFED, a undertaking, has decided to procure 28 organic agricultural and horticultural commodities, mainly vegetables, directly from the farmers at a fixed procurement rate to combat shortage of these commodities and control its prices.

"We have started procuring organic vegetables and allied produces direct from the farmers and the same will be sold to the consumers through wholesale dealers and retailers in the market," the SIMFED MD said.

The had banned sale and consumption of 27 agricultural and horticultural commodities in the state, but later relaxed supply of carrot, tomato and green chilly from outside in view of acute shortage.

The opposition parties have slammed the Pawan Kumar Chamling government for banning non-items in Sikkim without adequate preparation and demanded rollback.

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First Published: Sat, April 14 2018. 09:30 IST