Sikkim has become India’s first state to be identified by the United Nations as ‘fully organic’ and was awarded the top prize on Friday. It was recognised for its farming policies which have helped over 66,000 farmers and boosted tourism. The small Himalayan state was declared ‘fully organic’ in 2016 after it opted to get rid of chemical fertilisers and pesticides and used natural alternatives instead. According to the World Future Council, Tourism numbers rose by 50 per cent between 2014 and 2017.
While confirming this awrard, with organisers said its policies had helped more than 66,000 farmers, boosted tourism and set an example to other countries. Sikkim’s experience shows that “100 per cent organic is no longer a pipe dream, but a reality,” said Maria-Helena Semedo, Deputy Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), which co-organises the Future Policy Awards. The awards have previously honoured policies combating desertification, violence against women and girls, nuclear weapons and pollution of the oceans
Tourism numbers in Sikkim rose by 50 per cent between 2014 and 2017, according to the World Future Council, another co-organiser. “Sikkim sets an excellent example of how other countries worldwide can successfully upscale agroecology,” said Alexandra Wandel, director of the World Future Council.