SIFCO begins construction of organic food units
26 October 2020
IFFCO’s organic joint venture with the Sikkim government, SIFCO (Sikkim IFFCO Organics) has started its construction of integrated food processing units at Rangpo, Sikkim. The construction is expected to be completed by October 2021 and it will start production afterward. The two integrated food processing units are being laid with a total construction cost of around Rs 50 crore.
The foundation stone for these plants was laid last year by Chief Minister of Sikkim, Pawan Singh Tamang in the presence of Union Agriculture Minister, Narendra Singh Tomar. It will not only give a boost to organic farming in Sikkim but also to organic farmers elsewhere in the northeastern states. The COVID-19 pandemic had delayed the project by a few months. SIFCO will soon start trading fresh ginger through its agencies in Germany, Italy, and other European countries. The entire range of SIFCO products will be 100% organic certified and hence non-toxic. This will promote sustainable agriculture and a green Himalayan economy.
LB Dass, Speaker of Sikkim Legislative Assembly; Agriculture Minister, Sikkim, Lok Nath Sharma and Sh. Manish Gupta, Managing Director, Sikkim IFFCO Organics, and other senior officials were present at the occasion along with the officials of IFFCO, state of Sikkim, and Sikkim IFFCO Organics.
Sikkim is already recognised as a 100% organic state. The JV aims to provide a safer food supply chain to the consumers in India and elsewhere in the world. The JV will be initially processing ginger, turmeric, large cardamom, and buckwheat.