Awards/Achievement /Success Stories

This is the story of a group of 20 young and energetic farmers from Chawang block under Men Rongong GPU in North Sikkim.

This is the story of a group of 20 young and energetic farmers from Chawang block under Men Rongong GPU in North Sikkim. The most remunerative and easily grown large cardamom crop was one of the main cash crops of North Sikkim. The eruption of blight and pest infestation like and shoot borer coupled with severity of viral conditions of Chirkey and Foorkey led to huge reduction in area, almost by 75% a decade ago. In order to counter this declining trend, the department initiated measures to check infestations and bring new area under this crop through integrated disease and pest management practices and quality planting material distribution. The result out of this approach was not commensurate to the efforts put in and the department had to devise a radical approach.

In consultation with local leaders, a group of young farmers with similar attitude and dedication were brought together to form a FIG covering a single cluster near bridge 9, under Men Rongong GPU of North Sikkim. They were provided with quality planting materials, organic manures and pesticides along with a set of new protocol for management. Cash incentives of Rs 18,750/- only per ha also was provided as working capital.

Within a period of three years, this approach yielded much more satisfactory result. Each farmer could harvest 100 kg capsules per ha on an average. The yield is expected to go higher year by year as crop is perennial in nature and the plant size increases with maturity

Being located on the road side, people passing by get a good view of this beautiful and luxuriant growth of new plantation and get convinced with the work carried out by department and the farmers. After the success of this experiment, many farmers have started to approach the department for more such projects in other areas.

The group is highly thankful to the Central and state governments for the programme and continue to seek support in future as well.

This story is about one farmer from Daramdin in West Sikkim who has ventured into banana cultivation for the first time and hit huge success

This story is about one farmer from Daramdin in West Sikkim who has ventured into banana cultivation for the first time and hit huge success. Shri D.B. Darnal was into traditional farming growing cereals, mainly paddy. He has a total land of about 4 ha which used to be devoted to paddy and few other crops including vegetables and pulses for home consumption.

Looking into his interest for diversification into other ventures, the department sensitized him into growing banana. He was provided with 12000 nos. of tissue cultured banana plants variety Grand naine. Along with the plants, he was supported with drip irrigation system and organic manures and fertilizers. Intensive training and regular monitoring of the programme helped a lot in the success of this venture.

He was able to harvest approximate income of around Rs 1.5 lakhs. Earlier, this amount was a farfetched dream for him. With the support of HMNEH schemes, even common farmers like Mr. Darnal have been able to dream big and enjoy much better life.

In a small village called Phong in South Sikkim, some enterprising farmers got together to form Lali Gurans Farmers Club

In a small village called Phong in South Sikkim, some enterprising farmers got together to form LaliGurans Farmers’ Club with the main idea of garnering support from each other and also to harness the cooperative strength. Perhaps this was one of the most intelligent steps these farmers took. This decision laid the foundation for the success that was to come in days ahead.

Phong is South Sikkim has the most suitable climate for cultivation of many kinds of vegetables. The department took advantage of this situation and nurtured this society to become a success story. Many farmers were involved in vegetable farming before this also, but mostly in a traditional way. The members of the club, around 20 farmers were given training on cultivation of tomato in a scientific manner. After this training, they were provided with hybrid tomato seedlings, pipes and tanks for irrigation, organic manure, organic fungicides and pesticides, etc.

They took up tomato cultivation in an area of about 7 ha. The venture was highly successful and the society earned a net income of Rs five lakhs, thus each member earning around Rs 25 thousand on an average. All the members of this group are extremely happy and have expressed their gratitude to the government and the HMNEH scheme.

Though a simple farmer with not much education, he showed keenness to venture into new areas with cheer and willingness.

Basilakha is a small village in East Sikkim famous onetime for vegetables is now slowly getting converted into a floriculture belt. Most of the farmers in the area used to practice mixed farming system, growing many kinds of vegetables, cereals, fruits, etc. The advantage of this village is good connectivity and water sources. The farmers here are highly enterprising. One such farmer, Shri Mon BahadurSubba has been able to hit good success with gerbera cultivation.

Though a simple farmer with not much education, he showed keenness to venture into new areas with cheer and willingness. He had seen his neighbors growing flowers and selling in local market. When approached with the proposal to take up gerbera for greater income, he was more than willing. He was first given proper training and shown around the government farms for getting the feel of the trade. Later, after the department was fully satisfied, he was supported with a bamboo structured poly house and given tissue cultured plants of gerbera along with other supporting inputs.

His gerbera started flowering and started selling in local markets within three months of planting. From a small area of 130 sq mtrs, he could earn around 25,000/- in the first year itself. His plants are still healthy and he hopes to continue earning the same amount in the next 1-2 years.

He joins his fellow farmers in thanking Govt. of India for HMNEH and the department for such wonderful schemes to improve the economic conditions of many poor farmers like him.

Shri Gurmey Sangay Bhutia, s/o Shri Norbu Bhutia of Ralak under Tingchim Mangshilla GPU, North Sikkim has established a private sector nursery for Sikkim mandarin.

Shri Gurmey Sangay Bhutia, s/o Shri Norbu Bhutia of Ralak under Tingchim Mangshilla GPU, North Sikkim has established a private sector nursery for Sikkim mandarin. He comes from farming family having vast experience in farming. The farmer was a young unemployed educated youth. He was a part time cardamom and vegetable farmer and major source of livelihood was depended upon his father.

The department was quite convinced of his interest in farming. He used regularly attend various kinds of departmental awareness programmed. When he approached the department, it was taken as the opportune moment. He was supported with quality orange seeds extracted from indexed plants from Lum area. Further, he was also provided poly tank and poly pipe for irrigation. For control of pests and diseases, a spray machine and organic pesticides was provided. To start with, along with these inputs, he was also given some organic manure and cash subsidy as working capital.

The intervention by Horticulture Mission in his life with proper training, technical know-how and frequent guidance has helped him to earn good income. Within a short period of two and a half years, he earned a handsome amount of rupees seven lakhs, a sum large enough by any standards. Now, he has expanded his venture in other sector like business, animal husbandry etc.

All his fellow farmers of the locality have been encourage by this success and have started to approach the department for support to emulate this success. They have all been convinced that horticulture is now no more drudgery, but can become a highly remunerative venture with proper and timely technological and input interventions.