Gangtok: The arrival of the monsoon season has brought along various customs and festivities associated with paddy cultivation. As part of the Sanskrit calendar and Nepalese customs, the 15th day of the month Asaar, which falls in June- July in the Gregorian calendar, the day is celebrated as the day for ploughing fields for paddy cultivation. To celebrate this day, Sikkim’s Agriculture Minister Lok Nath Sharma joined the farmers for paddy cultivation in Saramsa, near Gangtok.

Namcheybong legislator Em Prasad Sharma, Jacob Khaling, the political secretary to the Chief Minister and officials from the Agriculture department accompanied the minister.

The farmers planted the seedlings and made the celebration a fun-filled occasion.

Minister Lok Nath Sharma, while addressing the media, highlighted how the government was devoted to improving Sikkim’s agricultural output.

“Our intention to come here, to step on the mud, to sow the saplings for paddy was for one sole reason, of letting people know our government’s devotion to the people. How devoted our Chief Minister is to the concern of the farmers in Sikkim. He always has the intention for their upliftment, for better income. Through various schemes, the government has been providing benefits,” the minister said.

“Ever since we formed the government, we have been celebrating this day with a lot of excitement. We want to encourage our farmers. These seedlings create tons of rice. The way the Sikkim government is aiding the farmers keeps becoming stronger, their income strengthened. All cultivable lands, where water can be provided, as the rice seedlings in the State are also facing a shortage. This is because people have been doing fewer agricultural works or taking up plantations. Despite all our efforts, we need rice to eat, only then can we survive, those that produce are our farmers, to encourage them, to give them excitement, we have gathered for Asaar 15”.

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