In order to increase the cropping intensity from existing 117 to 300 per cent in the state through the utilization of available resources in best possible way by changing and modifying spatial and temporal crop or cropping activities. ICAR-National Organic Farming Research Institute, Tadong organized training cum input support programme for “Livelihood improvement of rural tribals through crop diversification and intensification in Mid Hills of Sikkim” on March 20, 2017 at ICAR Tadong.
Dr. R.K. Avasthe, Joint Director, ICAR Sikkim Centre encouraged the farmers to undertake the above mentioned technology in larger areas to enhance the production and productivity so that commercialization of crops can be done in the state. He emphasized on the importance of organic farming and their beneficial effects on community. He also stressed upon agri-prenurial ability towards the organic seed production by the farmers to uplift their livelihood as well as self sufficiency in seed since there is huge demand of organic seeds in the state.
A total 62 nos. of progressive farmers of Basilakha, Tumin Shelley, Lossing, Makha, and Sakyong (Namgethang) participated in the programme. The technology mainly emphasizes on growing of at least two crops in a rotation and/or three crops under moisture stress conditions as experienced during the winter season.
(Source: ICAR-KVK-East Sikkim)