Gangtok, May 31 (IPR): Hon’ble Minister, Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services Shri Lok Nath Sharma carried out a field visit at Luing/Thamidara, East Sikkim, today. In view of the infestation of pests in an economically important cereal, Maize, the Minister inspected the affected area under Luing Thamidara Gram Panchayat Unit. He was accompanied by officials including Joint Director (East), Agriculture Department Smt. Rachana Gurung, Joint Director, Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Smt. R.K Sharma, Agriculture Development Officer Smt. Tshering Yuden, Panchayat President Shri D.R Panday, field functionaries, and others.
While carrying out the field inspection, Minister Shri Sharma also interacted with the progressive farmers and informed them that the concerned department has been working tirelessly to mitigate the further spread of disease and ensure quality yields of farmers’ produces.
He directed the concerned officials and field functionaries to be vigilant and quick in responding against any complaint of farmers with regard to the infestation of pests in maize. He also informed that the concerned field staff has been spraying neem-based herbal medicines and have controlled the disease in most of the affected areas.
The Minister also assured to provide three power tillers and six greenhouses for six wards of the GPU to boost up the progressive farming community in the area.
Speaking to the media, the Minister appealed to everyone to adopt agriculture for good health and sustainable livelihood. He also threw light on the vision of the Hon’ble Chief Minister to benefit the farmers by encouraging agricultural activities and farming-friendly initiatives like financial incentives, the conceptualization of “Agriculture is Future” and making Sikkim a self-reliant State. It may be noted that the spread of the disease has now been mitigated to a large extent after conducting the spray a week ago and the concerned farmers have expressed their gratitude to the State government for promptly addressing the infestation of pests, and for other important initiatives.