SUBJECT :Several leading companies of Asian countries like Japan and South Korea have expressed interests to engage in cultivation and export of organic farm products in Sikkim. 

Gangtok, November 20, 2018: Several leading companies of Asian countries like Japan and South Korea have expressed interests to engage in cultivation and export of organic farm products in Sikkim.

Khorlo Bhutia, the state Agriculture department and Sikkim Organic Mission (SOM) secretary today told a news conference that the countries have expressed their interest to grow organic starch rice and vegetables in Sikkim so that they can export the same to their respective nations and do business.

With the State being declared fully organic and winning global accolades, Bhutia informed that Japan and  South Korea have expressed their interest in initiating production of starch rice by Japan and vegetable like cabbage, green chilli, garlic and ginger by South Korea for their domestic consumption.

“After Sikkim became fully organic, many countries have shown interest in exploring the opportunities and identification of areas of co-operation with Sikkim. Mitsubishi Corporation of Japan has approached the department for sourcing organic commodities from Sikkim. Another business house is exploring the possibility of growing organic sticky rice here. Very recently a delegation from the Trade Office , Embassy of Republic of Korea visited Sikkim to source commoditie sespecially, vegetable from the State,” said Bhutia.

According to the Agriculture secretary, South Korea showed interest in sourcing raw materials for preparation of their popular delicacy ‘ Kimchi’ which is fermented cabbage. Next week , a dewlegation from Organic Federation of Ukraine is scheduled to visit Sikkim for exploring business opportunities as well as cultivation of buckwheat, garlic and pumpkins.

A Japanese private company has initiated sticky rice demonstration at Kameray village, East Sikkim. A five member delegation of KOWA-Japan, is interested for outsourcing sticky rice and medicinal plant. The sticky  rice variety of Japan is under demonstration at Kameray village in an area measuring 0.2 Ha, with buy back gurantee and compensation in case of crop failure. Similary, certification of turmeric as per Korea at Kameray village with a buy back gurantee for export to South korea too.

Bhutia shared that similar kind of  opportunities have started coming to Sikkim and appealed to the educated youths and farmers to grab the opportunities and earn a living  along with carrying out lucrative business too.

Horticulture secretary D.K. Bhandari added that it is a golden opportunity coming towards Sikkim from various nations. He said no land of the State be kept barren rather any interest farmers, youths in doing organic farming be giving the barren land for cultivation so that they youths earn a living and become self-employed too.


Source: Sikkim Express