Gyalshing, November 24 ( IPR) A week-long Paddy Harvesting Festival 2021, organised at Toyang under Yangthang, West Sikkim concluded with the phenomenal spirit of farming practices and traditional cultural events, today.
The Minister, Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services Shri Lok Nath Sharma graced the occasion as the chief guest and Minister-cum-Area MLA Shri Bhim Hang Subba was present as the guest of honour. The programme also had the presence of Advisors, Chairmen, Panchayats, Secretary Agriculture Shri Rinzing C Bhutia, Secretary AH&VS Dr Sangey D. Bhutia, Principal Director Horticulture Shri Sadan Tamang, officials, farmers and others.
On the occasion, both the Ministers came forward to take part in the “Kunew phorney/Dahin” exercise along with the farmers.
Addressing the gathering, Minister Sharma congratulated the Yangthang constituency for organizing a unique paddy harvesting festival and setting an example in the promotion of farming practices in traditional tune.
He elucidated governmental initiatives accomplished under the leadership of the Chief Minister and mentioned that the ruling government has given utmost priority in agriculture and livestock farming sectors for sustainable upliftment of rural population.
He informed that the state government recently accorded approval to provide a 35 per cent subsidy in the fisheries sector under the Skill Startup scheme. Further, he highlighted the fisheries potential of the locality and informed that at least nineteen families from the constituency were benefited from Intensive Carp Farming and Raceway Trout Farming.
He also highlighted the financial benefits of Production Incentive being provided under ‘Mukhyamantri Krishi Atmanirbhar Yojana’ and urged departmental officials and all concerned to give priority to transforming the society by promoting agriculture and livestock farming.
He also highlighted financial incentives in the Dairy and Piggery sectors under ‘Mukhya Mantri Pashudhan Samridhi Yojana’ and elaborated provision of subsidy under ‘Mukhya Mantri Matshya Utpadan Yojana’, Development Through Credit and other farmer-friendly schemes. Minister Sharma also touched upon the provision of a 50 per cent subsidy under the ‘National Livestock Mission.
He also recalled governmental initiatives taken up for the Sanskrit teachers in recent years, launching of Sikkim Ad-hoc Teachers Regularisation Policy 2021 and ‘Sikkim Garib Awas Yojana’.
The organizing committee also felicitated both the ministers, volunteers and individuals for their contributions to succeed in the event. Shri Birkhaman Limboo was also honoured for an applaudable role in transforming a large area of barren land into cultivable land in the locality.
During the programme, over one hundred farming households received agricultural tools and farming machines including power tiller, fabricated greenhouse, water harvesting Genap Tank, Water Harvesting Flexi Tank, Pulverizer Machine, Knapsack Sprayer Machine, HDPE Pipe, Chaff cutter, Goattery, Sheep, poultry farming, Intensive Carp Farming, Trout Culture in Raceway etc.
The programme also saw colourful traditional cultural performances and traditional stalls. The final match of the volleyball tournament was also played between Kyongsa Youth Club -A and Super 6, 7th Mile, won by former and lifted the winning trophy along with cash award.
Earlier, Chairman SIDICO Shri Janak Gurung, who was also the patron of the organizing committee, proposed a welcome address and the Additional Political Secretary to HCM (West) Shri Madhu Sudan Sharma presented thanks note to down the curtain of seven days long Paddy harvesting festival 2021.