State agriculture department joint director E.H. Lotha and proprietor Longsa Tea Estate Mokokchung I. Sungkum Jamir represented Nagaland out of 12 delegations from India at the World Organic Trade Fair in Nuremberg Messe Germany.
The International Competence Centre for Organic Agriculture (ICCOA) of Bangalore had sponsored 12 member delegations from India.
The event which was held during February 17- 20 was formally inaugurated by President of International Federation of Organic Movement (IFOAM), Katherine Dimatteo in presence of other dignitaries including Lord Mayor of Nuremberg Messe, Dr. Ulrick Maly.
Participating in the fair, Executive Director, International Competence Centre for Organic Agriculture of Bangalore, Manoj Kumar Menon who was also the team leader of Indian delegation made a power point presentation focusing on scope and prospect of organic agriculture in India including Global Market Avenues.
The team also toured Frick in Switzerland and visited FiBL Organic Agriculture Research Institute and held discussions with the Director of FiBL. At Frick also Manoj Kumar Menon made an impressive power point presentation enlightening the functions of his organisation and the activities of the ongoing projects. The outcome of the tour and discussions had been the establishment of Organic Agriculture Research Institute in Sikkim, India which was agreed upon in principle.
The programme was identified and proposed by International Competence Centre for Organic Agriculture on strength of State Government of Sikkim which is already declared ‘Organic Agriculture’ for the entire state. It is expected to benefit the entire North Eastern states of India, once it gets properly established for promotion of Organic Agriculture Development, Implementations, monitoring and evaluations under FiBL
Frick Switzerland in collaboration with International Competence Centre for Organic Agriculture Bangalore, India. Experts from Switzerland are expected to visit the project very soon. The team also had a great time traveling by ropeway from Lucerne to Pilatus Kulur, the longest ropeway in the world.