Award for In­dia’s or­ganic state

The Citizen (Gauteng) - - WORLD -

Rome – In­dia’s first fully or­ganic state won top prize in a United Na­tions-backed award yes­ter­day, with or­gan­is­ers say­ing its poli­cies had helped more than 66 000 farm­ers, boosted tourism and set an ex­am­ple to other coun­tries.

The small Hi­malayan state of Sikkim on In­dia’s bor­der with Ti­bet was de­clared fully or­ganic in 2016, af­ter phas­ing out chem­i­cal fer­tilis­ers and pes­ti­cides. Sikkim’s ex­pe­ri­ence shows that “100% or­ganic is no longer a pipe dream but a re­al­ity”, said UN. – Reuters

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