Sikkim pushes for export of organic vegetables

Japan and South Korea have evinced interest in importing organic vegetables, food grains and medicinal plants grown in Sikkim, which if successful, would add yet another feather to the cap of the Himalayan state’s Organic Mission.

Business delegations of the far eastern countries have already visited the state and held discussions with officials of the Sikkim agriculture and horticulture departments. Another delegation from Ukraine in central Asia is scheduled to visit the state to explore business opportunities in organic vegetables.

Khorlo Bhutia, the secretary of both the agriculture department and Sikkim Organic Mission, said delegations of two Japanese companies, Mitsubishi Corporation of Japan and Kowa Company Ltd, and a team from the trade office of the South Korean embassy had held exploratory talks.