Sikkim has been awarded the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation's (FAO) Future Policy Gold Award for setting the path for the world. Chief Minister of Sikkim Pawan Kumar Chamling received the award after his state became the first in the world to become first fully organic state, Business Today has reported.
Sikkim grabbed the Gold award beating 51 other nominations from all around the world.
The award which recognises world’s best laws and policies promoting agroecology is co-organised by FAO, World Future Council (WFC) and International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movement (IFOAM) - Organics International.
Deputy Director of FAO, Maria Helena Semedo gave the award to the CM of Sikkim and praised the state for setting an example for others. "Sikkim is an outstanding example on how to successfully transform the food system and ensure respect for people and planet," she said.
Semeda also said that organic farming in Sikkim has a comprehensive and inclusive approach and it has benefited over 66,000 family farmers. It has led to rural development, expansion of market and consumption as well as sustainable tourism, she said.
"Let us build an organic world together," Chamling said while accepting the award.
"An organic world is definitely achievable. I also appeal to the world community that we do not carry out any kind of development work and business at the cost of the environment," CM said.
As you are no doubt aware, Swarajya is a media product that is directly dependent on support from its readers in the form of subscriptions. We do not have the muscle and backing of a large media conglomerate nor are we playing for the large advertisement sweep-stake.
Our business model is you and your subscription. And in challenging times like these, we need your support now more than ever.
We deliver over 10 - 15 high quality articles with expert insights and views. From 7AM in the morning to 10PM late night we operate to ensure you, the reader, get to see what is just right.
Becoming a Patron or a subscriber for as little as Rs 1200/year is the best way you can support our efforts.