Sikkim celebrates acheiving the status of the first fully organic state in India. According to The Indian Express the plan was first proposed in 2003. It took 13 years to convert 75,000 hectares (over 185,300 acres) to certified organic agricultural land. It is also judged to be the cleanest state and best in education as well as a top tourist destination.
Sikkim Organic Day was observed at Saramsa Gardens on Wednesday. The day marks Sikkim being declared as the first organic state in India by Hon’ble Prime Minister, Narendra Modi last year.
While speaking at the function, Chief Minister Pawan Chamling, said, “I am hopeful that organic farming will be practised by the Sikkimese people in all generations to come.”
Chamling further spoke on the importance of organic farming and how it could be a rewarding profession. “This kind of farming also leads to healthy soil, good health and healthy environment. Being totally organic does not only make farming an attractive profession, but also gives a clear message to the world that organic farming and chemical free agriculture is the only way to healthy living.”