Organic Farming : Sikkim Case Study

  • Sikkim is first organic state in the world and all farmlands in the state are certified organic.
  • State’s policy approach reaches beyond organic production and has proven transformational for its citizens.
  • It primarily focuses socioeconomic aspects such as consumption and market expansion, cultural aspects as well as health, education, rural development and sustainable tourism.
  • The organic farming policy implemented by state has phased out chemical fertilisers and pesticides, and achieved total ban on sale and use of chemical pesticides in the state.
  • The transition has benefitted more than 66000 farming families in state.
  • Transition to 100% organic state also has greatly benefited its tourism sector and numbers of tourists have increased by over 50% between 2014 and 2017.
  • With this Sikkim has set excellent example for other Indian states and countries worldwide for successfully upscale agroecology.
  • Sikkim was awarded UN Food and Agriculture Organisation’s (FAO) Future Policy Gold Award (Gold Prize) for its achievement in becoming the world’s first totally organic agriculture state.

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