SIMFED launches a comprehensive range of organic food products in the Capital.

Bipin Sharma

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Sikkim State Co-operative Supply and Marketing Federation Ltd (SIMFED), the apex marketing federation of Sikkim, recently launched an elaborate range of organic and natural food products at an exclusive event in The Ashok, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi. Sikkim happens to be the first Organic State of India declared by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2015. SIMFED launched these organic food products in collaboration with Qseal Agritech Pvt Ltd, an organic agriculture-based organization with its corporate office at New Delhi. SIMFED, one of the pioneering organizations in India in the field of organic farming, has in the last 10 years worked with more than 40,000 farmers on approximately 35,000 hectares of agricultural land in 10 different states of the country. With the objective of offering best prices to the farmers, SIMFED has undertaken substantial measures like the elimination of middlemen, and easy processing. For enhancing the reach and penetration of organic food, SIMFED strictly complies with the latest quality norms that ensure highly safe and nutritious food.

Among the distinguished personalities seen at the launch event included the Chief Minister of Sikkim, Pawan Chamling, Somnath Poudyal, Food Safety & Agriculture Minister, Government of Sikkim, Dr. A.K. Yadav, Consultant, APEDA; Dr. Krinshna Chandra, Director, NCOF, Grish Chandra Rai, Chairman, SIMFED, S.K. Pattnaik, Secretary of Agriculture, Government of India,. S.C. Gupta, F.P.C, Sikkim, Puneet Kansal, Secretary of Agriculture, Sikkim, Khorlo Bhutia, Secretary of Horticulture, Sikkim, Roger Rai, MD, SIMFED.

The vast range of SIMFED’S organic food products includes unpolished rice, organic flours, organic cereals, unpolished pulses, spices (whole, powdered). These will be introduced in the market soon in 500 grams and 1 kg packages. Organic pickles, jams and bakery products are also expected to be launched shortly.

The specialty products from Sikkim include organically grown Buck wheat flour, Dale chili (Cherry Pepper), large cardamom a high value cash crop and export commodity and Ginger and Turmeric (two powerful spices from the Himalayan ranges). The other specialty products that will be available soon are cashew from Andhra and Odisha, King Chilli from Assam, mango from Andhra, pineapple from North East Region, Joha and Black Rice from Assam, Kodo from Chhattisgarh, Lemon from Chhattisgarh and Assam, Potato from Gujarat and Mandarin Orange from Assam.

In the near future, SIMFED plans to export various organic produce like Niger, Ginger, Turmeric, Black Pepper and Potato from different regions of the country.

Sikkim being the first organic state in India, organizations like SIMFED have successfully managed to establish benchmarks for the rest of the nation. Working on a cooperative business model which ensures holistic social & community development in the region, SIMFED is committed to the wholesome growth of farmers, MPCS, CCS, and other stakeholders.

Roger R. Rai, M.D., SIMFED shared, “At SIMFED, we work for the benefit of both the consumers and the producers, i.e., the farmers. We ensure that the farmer, who is the intrinsic part of our society, gets the best possible agricultural inputs such as seeds, fertilizers, equipment, and as well as the best possible amount for his/her agricultural produce. Being an ethical and responsible committee, we are cautious that none of the quality measures formulated by the government are compromised or ignored, and the very best of the agricultural produce reaches the general public.”

 

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