India: Minister attends program on rooftop farming and hydroponics

The Department of Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services jointly organized a daylong Awareness Programme on Adoption of Advanced Technology in Farming viz Aquaponics, Hydroponics and Rooftop Farming in Sikkim under the guidance of Minister In-charge Shri Lok Nath Sharma at the Labor Department complex in Sokaythang.

Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang graced the occasion as chief guest. He was accompanied by Minister of Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Sciences, Shri L.N. Sharma, Minister of Labour Department, Shri M.N. Sherpa, MLA Shri G.T. Dhungel, Deputy Mayor Smt Tshering Palden Bhutia, Additional Chief Secretary, Labour Department, Shri A.K. Yadav, along with Secretaries, officials and other dignitaries of the concerned departments. The program was also attended by students from various schools and colleges of Gangtok, farmers and representatives of National Fisheries Development Board Government of India, SHGs, FPOs and various NGOs.

Addressing the gathering, Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang said that the increase in population has become a concern worldwide, pressurizing not just food supply but also food quality standards. He asserted that the farmers and other stakeholders need to shift their focus from conventional methods of farming in the existing world of today which is supervised by advanced science and technology to provide convenient and sustainable methods of cultivation and farming. The adoption of advanced technologies of Aquaponics, Hydroponics and Rooftop Farming will mark a historical milestone in the State of Sikkim towards exploring the potential of these sectors in bringing about a solution to problems of food supply, quality standards and population growth.

He encouraged the youth to participate in agriculture and farming sectors to mitigate unemployment issues in the State by contributing to an integrated food production system.

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