PM Narendra Modi declared Sikkim as India’s first fully organic state in 2016. And now, the UN has confirmed that Sikkim is world’s first 100% organic state. Sikkim beat 51 nominees from 25 countries to win this prestigious award.
RECOGNITION BY UN
Sikkim’s formal felicitation was held in Rome, at the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization. The Future Policy Award is presented for the best laws and policies promoting agro-ecology. Sikkim Chief Minister Kumar Chamling, Sikkim Democratic Front MP Prem Das Rai, and Indian Ambassador Reenat Sandhu accepted the 2018 award, on behalf of the state.
PRAISES FOR SIKKIM
The desire to eliminate chemical fertilizers and pesticides was the motivation behind Sikkim’s effort to implement organic living. The policy resulted in a complete, state-wide ban on the sale and use of chemical pesticides. The initiative helped in sustainable development, benefited over 66,000 farmers, and provided a boost to tourism.
MP Prem Das commended Chamling’s leadership as farsighted. He said that political will was instrumental behind the success of this policy. Das said in an email, “It’s even more important to understand the magnitude of the policy, in both its simplicity and wide-ranging implications for human development and climate change mitigation.”
Sikkim deserves to be lauded and has made India proud. It is an inspiration to other countries as well as the Indian states. Brazil, Denmark, and Ecuador share the second spot.
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