13 Mar, Gangtok : And finally, the Sikkim government has come in hardcopy notification to disallow officially the sale of 27 non-organic agricultural and horticultural commodities brought from outside to push consumption of only organic food by people, according to an official notification. Those are after per notification termed ‘Contravene’.
No date for enforcement of the ban has been mentioned specifically in notification, but it may come into force from March 31, the date which Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling had himself announced in the Assembly last week.
Vegetables such as maize and beans, fruits like banana and guava, spices such as ginger and green chilly are among the list of the 27 banned items.
“If there is any contravention to the notification, the commodities (banned) shall be liable to be seized and disposed of,” the March 10 notification issued by Additional Chief Secretary, Home, SC Gupta, said.
The notification cited health concerns arising out of consumption of non-organic food as the reason behind banning 27 items from outside in the state of Sikkim. It may be recalled the state unanimously has declared itself as an fully organic state in 2016.
In the other side, it is understood that the consumers, as well as hotel industry, will be badly affected, state of Sikkim is yet to release the whitepaper regarding self-sufficiency producing organic vegetables and fruits which the other way would not result in scarcity even if contravene are banned permanently. The effect would grill tourism industry equally for which the state must be ready to face the challenge says aspirants.
The tiny Himalayan state of Sikkim its geography, climate, environment and topology, as well as various factors, must be kept aligned to produce enough organic supply without interruption prior to scarcity.