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Sikkim IFFCO Organics signs MoU with US, Croatian firms to promote Biodynamic farming

10 Nov 2019

IFFCO’s organic arm Sikkim IFFCO Organics Ltd. today signed two MoUs with US and Croatian companies to promote Biodynamic Farming and Demeter Certification in Sikkim, the area of operation of Sikkim IFFCO. Blossoms Biodynamics from California, USA and CENTAR DR. RUDOLFA STEINERA.

NEW DELHI, 8 November 2019: IFFCO’s organic arm Sikkim IFFCO Organics Ltd. today signed two MoUs with US and Croatian companies to promote Biodynamic Farming and Demeter Certification in Sikkim, the area of operation of Sikkim IFFCO. Blossoms Biodynamics from California, USA and CENTAR DR. RUDOLFA STEINERA from Croatia are the two organic companies.

The MoU was signed today at ongoing organic fair Biofach India. This mutual agreement will help in assisting Sikkim IFFCO for biodynamic agricultural production and promote Demeter certification for its products in Sikkim.

Also, it will help in promoting the organic & demeter products, create new livelihood opportunities for local farmers and support the company to market its products in global market specially in United States and European Union including Croatia.

Special focus will also be given on advertising and looking the options of promotion in the mutual web spaces. The major commercial crops in which Sikkim IFFCO operates are Cardamom, Ginger, Turmeric and Buckwheat with the initial project cost of INR 50Crore.

Blossoms Biodynamics will help by giving its advisory services for the marketing & distribution in the US markets. Together both players will collaborate in their common projects. The MoU was signed by Mr. Mayank Parihar, COO, Sikkim IFFCO Organics and Mr. Gene Gollogly, International Director, Blossoms Biodynamics, USA.

CENTAR DR. RUDOLFA STEINERA is the centre for biodynamic agricultural production and distribution in Croatia. It will provide training to the local farmers for biodynamic agriculture and help in market the products in Croatia and European Union. The MoU was signed by Mayank Parihar, COO, Sikkim IFFCO Organics and SC Dijana Posavec, Director, Centar  Dr. Rudolfa Steinera, Croatia.

Sikkim IFFCO Organics Ltd. is a joint venture between the State of Sikkim and the Indian Farmers Fertilizers Cooperative Limited (IFFCO).

India‘s first joint venture between a state government and a cooperative society in the Organic Value Chain. The Shareholding pattern of this JV between IFFCO and the State of Sikkim is 51:49.

Sikkim is India’s first Organic Certified State and this Joint Venture is an effort by both IFFCO and the state government to create an Organic Value Chain across the state to benefit and incentivize its farmers. It will provide agro-inputs and promote Organic Farming across India in general and Sikkim to be specific.

It will also support the farmers throughout the Organic Value Chain and Offer them guidance for each step including activities like harvesting, processing, packaging, and marketing of organic produce from their farms.

It is important to know that the initiatives of the Government of Sikkim have been endorsed by the Future Policy Award granted in 2018 by the FAO of the United Nations, World Future Council and IFOAM.


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