Sikkim Bags UN Award For Being The First Organic State
When all the other Indian states are advancing on the fronts of massive technology, the Northeastern part of our country is embracing nature. They are constantly setting an example for us regarding environment protection, water conservation and protecting flora and fauna. Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur are some of the states who have achieved such feat. It wasn’t long before when Sikkim became the country’s first organic state and set an inspiring example for all other states. Now, it has made our country even more proud by bagging the Oscar award, granted by the United Nations.
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization handed the Oscar for Best Policies award to the Sikkim government for this extraordinary achievement. With the help of local volunteers, farmers, and government officials, Sikkim became the world’s first 100% organic state and bagged the award leaving behind 51 other nominees across the globe.
The Sikkim government had adopted means to embrace organic farming and encouraged communities to reject any artificial means of agriculture. They took steps to conserve forests, reduce carbon emission, educate tribal people to safeguard their biodiversity and conducted many awareness events. This benefitted the overall income of the state, the farmers, villagers and promoted the idea of sustainable development. Such a proud moment for our nation also comes with a boatload of examples that now, we need to preserve our surroundings and protect the nature around us as well.