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Why You Should Head To Sikkim Now!

Why You Should Head To Sikkim Now!
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The tiny Indian state has been awarded the UN Future Policy Gold Award for their fruitful efforts towards making the state fully organic

Sharmistha Chaudhuri
October 19 , 2018
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Beautiful mountains, deep valleys, breathtaking views and smiling people—however, these aren’t the only reasons why you should visit Sikkim. The tiny state in eastern India recently became the world’s first organic state! Yes, you read that right. Sikkim beat out 51 other nominations from around the world to receive the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation’s (FAO) Future Policy Gold Award or as we call it, a UN Oscar for becoming the world’s first fully organic state.

“An organic world is definitely achievable,” said Sikkim’s Chief Minister, Pawan Kumar Chamling, after accepting the award earlier this week. “Sikkim is an outstanding example on how to successfully transform the food system and ensure respect for people and planet,” FAO’s deputy director, Maria Helena Semeda, said while presenting the award.

Brazil, Denmark and Quito (Ecuador) shared the Silver award.

Back in 2003, Sikkim adopted policies with a political commitment to support organic farmings. In 2010, it led to the Sikkim Organic Mission. The state’s policies have resulted in it becoming 100 per cent organic, which other Indian states like Kerala are trying to emulate. Initially, the policies were opposed by opposing parties and the chemical sector but overcoming all odds, Sikkim became completely organic in 2015.

While receiving the award, Chamling said it had been important to involve the youth in such a mission for them to be able to educate farmers and develop marketing strategies to help the economy. The transition to organic farming has benefitted over 66,000 family farmers.

 


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