PAMPORE: The Governor of Sikkim Ganga Prasad along with minister of state for Agriculture Sikkim state Lok Nath Sharma visited Indian International Kashmir Saffron Trade Center Dusoo Pampore in South Kashmir’s district on Wednesday.
They were accompanied by Atal Dulloo, Finance Commissioner /Additional Chief Secretary , Department of Agricultural production and farmers welfare J&K UT), Prof. Avinash Khare, VC Sikkim University, Sadan Kumar Tamang, Principal Director Horticulture department Sikkim, Manoj Kr. Subba, Director Horticulture department Sikkim and Choudhary Mohammad Iqbal , Director Agriculture Kashmir.
During their visit they interacted with officers of the agriculture department and also hold a meeting with saffron growers.
Minister for Agriculture Sikkim state, Lok Nath Sharma said that after visiting IIKSTC Pampore and interacting with people they realised that saffron cultivation will be beneficial for farmers in Sikkim.
He added that a lot of research work was carried out in this by VC Sikkim, horticulture department and Director Agriculture Kashmir.
” We are one step ahead, in the coming days we will be growing saffron on private and government land where the environment suits the cultivation, ” the minister said.
Talking to media at Dusoo Pampore, Governor Sikkim, Ganga Prasad said that saffron is a cash crop.
” It is used in medicine, in spices and it builds body energy levels ,” he said.
He added that he was told that saffron production has improved in Kashmir.
” The Prime Minister of our country has a vision of doubling farmers income and it is in this context we want to grow saffron in Sikkim,” the Governor said, adding that saffron cultivation will be good for farmers’ welfare.
He said that saffron was grown in Sikkim in 2020 on trial basis and expanded in 2021.
He said that they are optimistic to grow saffron in Sikkim on a much larger scale.
He also informed that they signed an agreement with LG of J and K for mutual cooperation in the agriculture sector.
” We would like to work with J and K for many sectors in addition to agriculture for the benefit of both the regions,” he said.