The state of Sikkim in the Himalayas has completely transformed its agriculture by reverting back to traditional methods of growing more commonly known today as “organic farming”.
Sikkim has become a model for the rest of the world, because its farmers only cultivate their fields and plantations in a sustainable way.
In 2010, the Prime Minister of Sikkim launched the “Organic Mission”, developing the state into a model of sustainable farming.
To protect its own organic farmers and consumers, the Sikkim government has even imposed an import ban on conventionally produced fruit and vegetables. This means that the authorities have the power to bury or destroy vegetables and fruit contaminated with pesticides, and agrochemical giants such as Bayer or BASF are not welcome in Sikkim.
In the below documentary, DW looks to the sustainable farming model of Sikkim and asks whether it can be applied in Germany.
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyle including sustainable and green living. She also offers content services to businesses and individuals at Rosamedea.com