While the states in the North East have since forever been fighting to attain the same importance as other states in India, one of the seven sisters has got a title that hands down makes it one of the most important states in India. In 2018, Sikkim presented a model in front of the world by becoming the first-ever organic state in the world. Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling received the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation’s (FAO) Future Policy Gold Award also known as ‘oscar for best policies’ from its Deputy Director Maria Helena Semedo for the feat. Sikkim’s transition to organic farming has benefited over 66,000 family farmers, reaching beyond just organic production to include socioeconomic aspects such as consumption and market expansion, rural development and sustainable tourism with its comprehensive and inclusive approach. The award recognises the policies that have been adopted by the state of Sikkim over the years, starting with a political commitment to support organic farming in the year 2003. The state’s policies, and it’s commitment to work to build a better state has led it to becoming the first 100% organic state all across the globe. This beautiful state is known for spectacular views and is a tourist favourite. It beat 51 other nominees from all around the world for the award, and came out victorious.


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