14 Dec '11, 12pm

Indian State of Sikkim One-Third Of Way To Being Entirely Organic

Indian State of Sikkim One-Third Of Way To Being Entirely Organic

Soumyajit Pramanick /CC BY-SA 2.0 An update on the Indian state of Sikkim 's hugely laudable goal of all its agriculture being organic by 2015 : The Telegraph (Calcutta) reports that nearly one-third of the farms in the state have been reviewed and found to be organic. Sikkim now has nearly 18,500 hectares of organic farms. Sikkim's state agricultural minister told The Telegraph: The organic certification is a three-year process. Three agencies accredited to the APEDA issued C-1 certificates to 12,456 registered farmers who own 18,453 hectares in four districts of the state. The land gets the C-1 tag in the first year, followed by a C-2 in the second, and C-3 in the following years. The C-3 tag denotes than any crop produced on a particular plot is organic. Beyond environmental concerns, the motivation of the all-organic move stems from the fact that certified organic prod...

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