Gangtok, January 17: The two-day National Conference on “Sustainable Agriculture and Farmer’s Welfare” begins in Gangtok today. The conference is being held in Sikkim which has also taken the lead in organic farming and will be attended by state government representatives, scientists, academicians, bankers, experts and practitioners. Prime Minister will attend the conference on 18th January.Both National Conference on sustainable agriculture and Sikkim Organic Festival will be inaugurated this morning at Gangatok. Union Minister of Agriculture Radha Mohan Singh will be the chief guest of function.
Alongside the conference, a three day “Organic Farming Festival" is also being organized to give more impetus to Organic Farming. During his two day Sikkim visit Prime Minister will also be inaugurating a “Flower Show” on 18th January and A ‘Organic Products Exhibition” on 19th January.
The two day National Conference on Sustainable Agriculture and Farmer’s Welfare will deliberate upon the challenges and identify initiatives to transform agriculture based on sustainable and efficient use of resources like soil and water, remunerative prices on farm produce, risk coverage and reduction of potential negative impact of climate change.
Growth rate in agriculture is comparatively slower than other sectors and Official data shows that by 2025 India has to provide food to its 150 corer population. Advance water and irrigation management, fertility of land ,enhancing investment in agriculture , organic farming are some of the areas going to be discussed in details in this conference .