Identity cards distributed to Sikkim farmers

10 Jun 2018

In a bid to ensure that farmers of Sikkim benefit from the facilities available at Kissan Bazar near Lal Market Traffic point, the Department of Horticilture and Cash Crop Development on Sunday issued identity cards to them. This is the second phase of distribution of identification cards.
Zilla Adhyaksha East Samsher Rai handed over identity cards to the farmers, in the presence of Mayor GMC Shakti Singh Choudhary, Secretary Horticulture Khorlo Bhutia and MD SIMFED Mr Pawan Awasthy.
Adhyaksha Rai said that the opening of the Kissan Bazar is an initiative of the Government to aid the farmers of Sikkim to improve their economic condition by providing them ready-made space to sell their organic produce. He thanked the farmers for their enthusiastic support to the Organic Mission. He also lauded the effort of the Department and SIMFED in providing all the necessary support to the farmers.
Mayor Shakti Singh Choudhary said that the Identity cards issued to the farmers selling their organic produce in the Kissan Bazar would ensure that only local farmers are allowed to sell their organic produce in the market. He added that this initiative would also reinforce the belief of the farmers and the people in the organic mission of the Government. The Mayor also took the opportunity to appeal to the people of Gangtok and vicinity to buy organic vegetables from the Kissan Bazar for good health and also to provide encouragement to the farming community.
Secretary Horticulture Mr Khorlo Bhutia said that the Government has dedicated the Kissan Bazar to the farmers of Sikkim. He said that the Kissan Bazar in Gangtok and in the Districts has provided much needed respite to farmers who were earlier struggling for space to sell their organic produce. He added that this has helped eradicate middlemen and given the farmers the freedom to directly market their produce. He further informed that SIMFED has chipped in as a wholsale market to ensure that the farmers' produce is sold.
The Secretary further informed that the Department is in the process of standardizing the prices of vegetables through introduction of 'Farm Gate Price' at the farm level and at the level of the retail market, thus ensuring uniform pricing and putting a check on over-pricing. (IPR)