Modi to attend National Conference on Sustainable Agriculture at Gangtok

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be the chief guest at the plenary session of the National Conference on Sustainable Agriclture and Farmers' Welfare that will be held at Gangtok, Sikkim on January 17-18.
Mr. Modi is slated to pay a two-day visit to Sikkim from January 18 and the conference will be a highlight of his stay in the state.
Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said the conference would be a good example of "cooperative federalism", with ministers and officers responsibe for agriculture in the country deliberating together for two days.
They will be supported by scientists, academics, bankers, experts and practitioners so that the suggestions and recommendations are actionable. 
Mr. Singh said the conference would discuss challenges and identify initiatives to transform agriculture, based on sustainable and efficient use of resources like soil and water, higher per unit yields, remunerative prices on produce, risk coverage and mitigation of potential negative impact of climate change.
A three-day Sikkim Organic Festival would also be held during the period to give a boost to organic farming in the north-east.
Mr. Singh said group insurance, agriculture investment and land lease investment were his Ministry's priorities and these subjects would be discussed in separate sessions during the conference.
Minister of State for Development of the North-East Region (DONER) Jitendra Singh said the North-East had the potential to be developed as a hub of organic farming.
Promotion of organic products, with Sikkim as the nodal State, will not only help in generating revenue and employment opportunities but will also be a great booster for the Government of India’s “Act East Policy”, he said.
Referring to some of the other major projects in Sikkim, Dr. Singh
referred to the greenfield airport at Pakyong, which is expected to become functional by 2017 and emerge as one of the most beautiful destinations in the region.
He said there were plans to connect Sikkim to the rail network in the country. He also referred to the plan for constructing an alternative highway to Gangtok via West Bengal and two ropeways, which will serve the purpose of both tourism as well as transport.
The Prime Minister will also inaugurate a Flower Show on January 18 and an Organic Products Exhibition on January 19.


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