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Farmers from rest of the country could learn a lot from Sikkim: Union Agriculture minister
Union agriculture minister, Radha Mohan Singh while addressing a National Conference on Sustainable Agriculture and Farmers Welfare in Sikkim said the rest of the country could learn a lot from Sikkim. The minister said Sikkim has taken steps for organic farming which can take a lead for others to learn.
The agriculture minister stressed the need for agricultural productivity, organic farming, sustainable agriculture and farmers welfare. Lauding the exemplary steps taken by Sikkim for organic farming, Singh informed the participants about the central government's initiatives for improving agriculture and its focus on the welfare of farmers, stated a government release.

Talking about the new scheme of Fasal Bima Yojna, he said that there will be 'freedom from crop-wise and district-wise rates' along with 'a uniform premium rate of only 2 per cent for rabi and 1.5 per cent for kharif for farmers'.

Singh said that the scheme will be implemented in area development mode adopting to 'ensure the targeted annual growth of 4 per cent in the agriculture and allied sectors, various schemes of the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare have been restructured into specific missions, schemes & programmes from the year 2014-15'.

Singh also touched on new initiatives of the Union government such as the Soil Health Cards; Neem Coated Urea scheme, and Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana for promoting organic farming along with efforts for increasing efficiency and implementation of the National Agriculture Market and setting up of a common e-market platform.

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