Tuesday, April 08, 2008

CM felicitates role players in International Florishow 2008

Gangtok: On Monday at Palzor Gymnasium Hall Chief Minister Dr Pawan Chamling felicitated flower grower-participants of the ‘International Florishow 2008’ and other role players who made the first event of its kind in Sikkim a grand success. Mr. Somnath Paudyal, Minister for Agriculture and Horticulture, other Cabinet Ministers, senior officials and farmers were present.
CM felicitated Mr. Navin Pradhan (Arthitect), Mr. Pankaj Thapa and Mr. Kamlesh Agarwal for their immense support and contribution in the Florishow. He gave Sikkim State Award, Rs. 1 Lakh each, to Dr. Ratan Kamal Dewan and Mr. KC Pradhan, the two most renowned floriculturists for their contribution in promotion of floriculture in Sikkim. The felicitation function was organized by the Department of Horticulture, Government of Sikkim. On the occasion Chief Minister released two books, titled
“Sikkim, India: Sanctuary to Horticulture Estate” and “Directory of flower growers of Sikkim”. More than 35 flower growers and 18 off season vegetable growers were given citation and cash Rs. 10000 each. The farmers had participated in the International Florishow 2008.
Chief Minister as chief guest of the programme said the government wanted to acknowledge the contribution of the farmers whose support was key to the resounding success of the international event. He urged the educated youth to come forward and start agro farming as a good livelihood.
“Now it has been proved that floriculture not only fethces money but also earn fame for the growers”, CM said, adding, “farming would make the people self-reliant”.