SRINAGAR: In order to discuss and deliberate upon the Aspects of saffron cultivation in Sikkim, a meeting was convened by Governor Ganga Prasad today in presence of Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang at Raj Bhawan Gangtok.
According to the statement, Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang in his address said under the leadership of Director Agriculture Government of Jammu & Kashmir Dr Iqbal, how to increase the saffron cultivation a team will be sent for research.
Dr Iqbal, while giving a presentation on the cultivation of saffron, described the climate of Sikkim as suitable for saffron cultivation, Sikkim in future and In coordination with Kashmir, expressed the possibility of producing not only saffron but also other organic crops.
During the meeting, Governor Ganga Prasad said that the land and environment of Sikkim in the entire North East is suitable for saffron cultivation if more attention is paid in the field of agriculture, the means of employment will be available to the youth. If the income of the country is doubled, then our society, country will be able to emerge as an advanced nation.
The meeting had the presence of Agriculture Minister Lok Nath Sharma, Vice-Chancellor Sikkim University Prof. Avinash Khare, Secretary Agriculture Rinzing Chewang, Secretary to HCM SD Dhakal, Secretary Raj Bhawan Raj Yadav, Director Agriculture Government of Jammu & Kashmir, Dr Iqbal Choudhary, Officers of Agriculture Department, and Joint Director ICAR-NOFRI.
Saffron cultivation has long been restricted to a limited geographical area in J&K, mainly Pampore, followed by the districts of Budgam, Srinagar, and Kishtwar.
It should be noted that the saffron has been kept underground for about 45 days and the temperature should be below zero. The crop also needs sufficient rains if it is sown in August. For the plantations in Sikkim, saffron seeds/bulbs were purchased and shipped to Yangyang from Kashmir by air, an official statement reads.