Gangtok: The Sikkim Government has enhanced the financial incentive for large cardamom growers from Rs. 20 to Rs. 100 per kg that will also boost cardamom production.
The decision to revise the cash incentive was taken during a review meeting held for Agriculture and Horticulture.
Under the incentive scheme, the farmer can have a maximum of Rs 1 lakh incentive and under individual crop, a farmer can benefit up to Rs. 30,000.
To get the cash incentives, the farmers need to sell their products through Farmers Producers Organisation (FPO), cooperatives, or the government-identified agencies. While the records will be maintained by these organizations, based on the data the incentives will be provided to those farmers.
The horticulture secretary M.T Sherpa informed about the disbursement of incentives of around 34 lakhs during FY 2020-2021. Also, he added that farmers will get the maximum benefit from this incentive scheme.
Further, to encourage the farmers amidst the pandemic loss, several other crash crops of Sikkim like ginger, turmeric, buckwheat, and orange has been given an incentive hike too. Followed by seven other vegetables like cabbage cauliflower, green peas radish, Dalley Khorsani, carrot, and kiwifruit, under the incentive scheme will boost the confidence of farmers.
This scheme ensures to bring forth the confidence and will cheer up the farmers of Sikkim who cultivate largely.