Sikkim Delegation Tours US, Explores Agri Opportunities
In California, the delegation from Sikkim, facilitated by the Consulate General of India in San Francisco, visited Kahlon Farms to learn more about sustainable farming, water conservation, and solar energy uses.
By BHARTTI KUMAR
LOS ANGELES, CA – A Sikkim delegation led by Lok Nath Sharma, State Minister for Agriculture, Horticulture, and Animal Husbandry recently toured the US to create awareness of agri opportunities in the state and explore business tie-ups in North America.
The team, facilitated by the Indo American Chamber of Commerce, from April 25 – to May 6, made stops and held meetings in New York, Florida, Wisconsin, Texas, and California.
Sudhir Kumar Giri, CEO, of Sikkim State Organic Certification Agency, told India West, “The government of Sikkim is seeking investments primarily in the organic sector, especially for marketing of organic commodities.” It should be pointed out, that Sikkim is a fully certified organic farming state. Throughout their trip, the delegation made it a point to visit several farms for understanding easier and best farming practices with innovative technologies.
The delegation met potential investors and distributors with discussions ranging from food value chain to insurance, warehousing, and logistics services, as well as technology and communication.
The delegation explored business opportunities for the export of organic commodities from Sikkim to the U.S. They met with USDA officials and organic farmhouses. At Ft. Lauderdale, they participated in the Association of Food Industries Convention.
Sikkim is also looking for a suitable partner for the development of a recently announced Film City. In Los Angeles, attempts were made to reach out to Hollywood professionals and encourage film shootings in the beauteous state.
Other prominent members of the delegation included Dr. Sunderam Anbalagan, CEO of Sikkim Organic Farming Development Agency, and Binita Chhetri, Quality Manager.