Italy plans to go organic by adopting farming policy of tiny Northeastern state of Sikkim that has been declared fully organic by the Government of India.
It was informed by Chief Minister Pawan Chamling said quoting a communication received from Rome.
Talking to media, Chamling read out a letter he received from the Italian government, citing the prestigious Future Policy Gold Award he had received at the United Nations FAO headquarters in Rome on October 15 last year for turning Sikkim into a “100% organic state”.
The award was co-organised with the FAO by The World Future Council (WFC) and IFOAM – Organics International, and recognises “the world’s best laws and policies promoting agroecology.”
While addressing the Italian senate, where Chamling was also honoured on the occasion, he had made an impassioned appeal for the world to adopt organic farming practices.
Chamling expressed his happiness at the progress of organic farming in Sikkim. He said all agricultural produce of Sikkim has become organic as the state government has been working seriously on pushing organic farming as a mission.
Chamling exuded confidence that Sikkim would become self-reliant in its organic produce except rice, in the next five years.