Sikkim highlighted the benefits of organic farming, such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions
The picturesque state of Sikkim hosted the third Business20 (B20) Conference in Gangtok on March 16-17, 2023 with the theme 'Tourism, Hospitality, Pharmaceutical and Organic Farming’.

The B20 is the official G20 dialogue forum with the global business community. Its aim is to deliver concrete, actionable policy recommendations on the priorities of each rotating presidency to spur economic growth and development.

The conference was a big opportunity to showcase the vibrant organic farming of Sikkim to the world, along with opportunities for multilateral business partnerships in tourism, hospitality, and pharmaceuticals.

Let's delve into the details of organic farming in Sikkim and explore its various aspects.

1. The state has banned the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides since 2003 and has encouraged farmers to switch to organic methods.

2. Sikkim was declared the first organic state in the country. It produces a large quantity of organic fruits, vegetables, and spices.

3. Sikkim's organic produce includes a variety of crops such as rice, wheat, maize, millets, vegetables, fruits, and spices.

4. The government provides financial and technical support to farmers to help them adopt organic farming practices and market their products.

5. The state has also developed its own certification process, known as Sikkim Organic Certification Agency (SOCA), to ensure the authenticity and quality of organic products.

6. Sikkim's organic farming has not only benefited the environment but also improved the livelihoods of farmers by generating higher incomes and creating new job opportunities.

7. The state has attracted investors and tourists interested in sustainable agriculture and eco-tourism, which have the potential to boost the local economy.

8. Sikkim's presentation at the B20 meeting highlighted the benefits of organic farming, such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions, conserving biodiversity, and improving food security.

9. The state invited investors to explore opportunities in organic farming, agro-processing, eco-tourism, and renewable energy, and assured them of a conducive business environment and policy support.

10. The B20 meeting in Gangtok was attended by over 400 participants from different countries and sectors, including agriculture, finance, and technology.

The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) had scheduled four B20 conferences in the North Eastern region to showcase the untapped potential and opportunities within the region and spur economic growth and development.

Two of these conferences have already been held in Imphal (Manipur) and Aizawl (Mizoram). The event in Gangtok (Sikkim) was the third; the fourth B20 conference will be held in Kohima (Nagaland).

The B20 Summit is scheduled to be held in New Delhi from August 26-27, 2023.