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Sikkim Government on Saturday lifted the ban on supply of non-organically grown carrot, tomato and green chilly from outside the state due to acute shortage of these commodities in the domestic market.
The ban on import of carrot, tomato and green chilly from outside the State has been lifted for the time being. A Home Department notification issues on Saturday stated ‘In partial modification of Notification No 13/Home/2018 dated 10/03/2018, the restriction for sale of Carrot, Tomato and Green Chilly are hereby lifted with immediate effect for the time being from the Schedule of the list of Non-organic Agricultural and Horticulture Commodities.’
The State Government had banned the sale and consumption of 27 non-organically grown agricultural and horticultural commodities comprising vegetables, fruits, spices with effect from April 1 so that people consume only organic items.
Opposition parties and vegetable vendors have slammed the State Government’s ban on non-organic food from outside without ensuring availability of organic vegetables and allied items.
Sikkim Agriculture and Cash Crops Development Minister Somnath Poudyal has urged the people and vegetable sellers to cooperate with the State in making the drive for consumption of organic food a success.