Pulwama, July 13: There is a possibility of growing Saffron on a large scale in the northeast state of Sikkim, this was said by Governor of Sikkim, Ganga Prasad on Wednesday while talking to media at Indian International Kashmir Saffron Trade Centre,( IIKSTC) Dusso Pampore, in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
“We introduced saffron in Sikkim on pilot basis in 2020 and in 2021 it was grown on one and half hectare of land,” the governor of Sikkim said, adding that a sample of the saffron was tested at a laboratory here in Kashmir.
“The quality of the saffron was almost matching with that grown in Kashmir,” he said.
He said that a team of experts and farmers from Kashmir visited Sikkim and found that the quality of the saffron was almost the same.
“The visiting team from Kashmir noted that saffron can be cultivated in Sikkim on a mass scale over a huge area of land,” he said.
He informed that exploring saffron cultivation in Sikkim is an endeavour to realize the prime minister’s vision of doubling the income of farmers.
He added that Saffron is a valued cash crop which is used in medicine and as a spice in various food items.
“Saffron cultivation will increase the earnings of our farmers,” he said.
He also informed that a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between him and Lieutenant Governor of J and K a day ago for exploring cultivation of crops grown in Kashmir in Sikkim and vice versa.
He added that Sikkim would like to work with J and K not only in agriculture but in other sectors as well.
Director Agriculture Production and Farmers welfare Kashmir, Chowdhry Mohammad Iqbal informed Rising Kashmir that saffron cultivation has some basic requirements including chilling hours, water and soil type.
“The trail crop of saffron in Sikkim has been successful so far,” he said, adding that observations were made during different growth and developmental stages of the trial crop.
“The trail crop meets all parameters which are necessary for germination,” he said, adding that they have been working with Sikkim for a number of crops including organic vegetables.