Sikkim shows growth in organic vegetable output

Sikkim has produced about 80,000 mt of various organic vegetables in 2016-17 after it became a fully organic state. “We produced 80,000 mt organic vegetable in the state last year to showcase our commitment to organic farming,” said Horticulture and Cash Crop Development department, secretary, Khorlo Bhutia. “These vegetables were 100 per cent chemical-free and grown over farm area of 14,000 hectares out of the certified land of 76,392 hectares for organic farming in the state under the first year of the Mission Organic Value Chain Development (MOVCD) in the North-East region,” he said.
Despite this quantity of organic vegetable produced in Sikkim there was shortfall of 1000 mt to achieve self-sufficiency, he rues but said that the target will be achieved through phase-wise implementation of the mission and the utilisation of the remaining farming land holdings. In the first phase of organic farming done in 14000 hectares in the first year to meet end-to end programme beginning from production to post harvest management, processing, branding and marketing, which will be completed in 2018, the Horticulture & Cash Crop Development secretary said.