While many Northeastern states are ignored by many people attributing to their proximity to different country, one of the state has made it through the list and has made India proud. The NE state of Sikkim in India back in 2018 presented a model to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for Future Policy Gold Award where it provided the model to be the first Indian state to be an organic state.
And it has won the award where it has become one of the world’s first 100% organic state. In FAO website, they state “In 2003, Sikkim stopped imports of chemical fertilizers in the State and since then the cultivatable land there is practically organic and farmers of Sikkim are traditional users of organic manure. Sikkim is the first organic state in the world. All of its farmland is certified organic. At the same time, Sikkim’s approach reaches beyond organic production and has proven truly transformational for the state and its citizens.” This transition has helped over 66,000+ farmers who are reaching beyond organic production and also help in socio-economical aspects such as consumption, market expansion, rural development and tourism.
The commitment from state government also played a major role in winning the award and made it successful to be the world’s first. The FAO statement read, “Sikkim sets an excellent example of how other Indian states and countries worldwide can successfully upscale agroecology. The 2018 Future Policy Award (FPA) commended proven policies that effectively scale up agroecological approaches at local, national and international levels. It celebrated outstanding examples for accelerating the transformative change in the way food is produced and consumed.”
One of the seven sister northeastern states in India, Sikkim is known for its spectacular views, mountainous region and clean air. This incredible feat was achieved where Sikkim had beaten over 51 other competitors from around the world. We appreciate the state for winning the award and I would love to visit this state once things get cleared.