Sikkim to lead other states in organic revolution
New Delhi, Mar 27: With more than half of arable land certified as organic, tiny state of Sikkim is all set to lead the other states in the country toward healthier lifestyle by opting for organic farming. Nearly 30,000 hectares of land area out of the total 58,128 hectare of available cultivable land has been certified as organic in Sikkim by the soil scientists. Regions of North-Eastern and Eastern states where consumption of chemical fertilisers and pesticides is already low, are the next thrust areas of the Agriculture Ministry to encourage organic farming among the local farmers. The Government has already started a new centre of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) in Eastern part of the country recently to promote organic farming in these regions.The Government has also set up National Organic Farming Research Institute at Gangtok in the state which will provide research and technological backstopping to organic production system in the country in general and North East hills region in particular.