GANGTOK: Suk Maya Tamang from Melli, South Sikkim has been declared as the Milkman of the Year on the occasion of Gwala Diwas in Gangtok, Sikkim. Tamang was successful in contributing around 30,000 litres of milk during the year to the Sikkim Milk Union.

‘Milkman of the Year’ award was constituted in 2020, and the first edition of the Award was grabbed by a progressive dairy farmer from Bermiok, West Sikkim. The Award will now be a regular feature of the Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Services Department, and will be presented every year on the occasion of ‘Gwala Diwas’.

Sikkim Chief Minister Prem Singh Golay, who handed away the award and cash prize to the husband of Suk Maya Tamang, also declared that July 1, every year, will be celebrated as ‘Gwala Diwas’ in Sikkim. The function at Manan Kendra in Gangtok marked the first edition of ‘Gwala Diwas’ in the State of Sikkim.

A host of other awards were presented to progressive dairy farmers on the occasion. Officers of Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Services Department were also felicitated for their exemplary performance and for their constant support to dairy farmers and entrepreneurs

Chief Minister Prem Singh Golay expressed happiness that the state government has been successful in incentivizing dairy farming in the state, as a result of which more and more people are embracing this field. He termed the Gwala Diwas as historic as it marked a unique shift of dairy farmers towards prosperity.

“Educated youth are also embracing the agricultural sector and dairy farming. This is one profession always in demand and is highly lucrative. A special focus has been laid on this sector in this year’s budget allocation. Aspects like ex-gratia payment to meet up losses due to natural calamity, 50% support on insurance premium and establishment of milk collection centres in backward constituencies have been incorporated in the budget”, said the Chief Minister.

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