11-13 September, Thimphu: More than 50 participants including the agriculture researchers, extension officers and relevant stakeholders attended a training on Organic Farming Technologies at the Agriculture Research Development Centre (ARDC)-Yusipang. The training was conducted by ARDC-Yusipang and ICIMOD as part of the Resilient Mountain Solutions (RMS) activity.
During the training, a team from ICIMOD made a brief presentation on the mission, objectives and overall background of ICIMOD and RMS. The members from Sikkim also presented on the transition of organic agriculture in Sikkim highlighting how they had fulfilled the aims of being fully organic. They shared that organic agriculture management and certification in Sikkim was done between 2003-2015 in which a total area of 76169 hectares land was certified.
The team further briefed on the role of multi-stakeholders in organic promotion and presented some motivational videos. According to the team, Sikkim was verbally declared as organic farming state by the Hon’ble Chief Minister in 2003 through the concept of banned the import and application of synthetic agricultural inputs by 2003.
During opening session, the Chief from the Agriculture Research and Extension Division, Wangda Dukpa shared that roughly 25,000 acres of our land cultivations are organic and have identified commodities too. He stressed that “Since we already have identified target areas for 12th Five Year Plan, it is our responsibility to take our organic mission of going fully organic forward.”
Participants learned about preparing organic compost and pesticides which will be further shared at their respective places.
Reported by Karma Loday with a photo by Tandin Norbu, ICTD
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