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Sun, 19 Nov 2017

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Sikkim CM Visits Tagwerk Cooperatives, Organic Farm in Munich

Sikkim CM Visits Tagwerk Cooperatives, Organic Farm in Munich
September 08
13:05 2017

Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling on his second day in Germany visited Tagwerk Cooperatives on Thursday, which is a cooperative project between regional organic farmers, traders, wholesellers and consumers in Munich. The representative of the larger cooperative body, Michael Klaus Gruber extended a warm welcome to the Chief Minister and his delegation to the Cooperative office complex.

On the outset, Gruber congratulated the Chief Minister for winning the One World Award Grand Prix Award for 2017. During his presentation, he elaborated the working of the Cooperative and how the Cooperative which started with just 4 farmers and 34 consumers in 1984 grew into large family of 780 cooperatives and 120 member farmers.

Gruber highlighted the experiences related to dealing with assortment of people to grow larger when the support of the political bosses were a need of their involvement by seeking support from Ministers and Mayors in charge. Gruber also shared that at present the state of Bavaria is 9% organic and aims to make it to 12 % during the next few years.

Later in the day, the Chief Minister visited a country side Herrmannsdorfer Landwerkstaetten, an Organic Model farm with bakery, cheese making, butchery, eco-hotels, eco-restaurant and farm shops producing range of organic products in the Region.

Pawan Chamling reached Munich in Germany early on Thursday morning and was received by Bernard Gaer, the Coordinator of the One World Award which confers Grand Prix Award at the Munich Airport. Later in the day, he visited the organic super market in the city and saw the range of organic products managed by the supermarket ranging from vegetables, dairy, fruits, meat and other food products by the organic farmers of the region, of Germany and the world.

The host, Gerhard Sailer and his team assisted by Bernard Gaer conducted the Chief Minister and his delegation to see around the supermarket, products displayed and explaining the works and organizational aspects of the organic market and the manner in which the organic value products coming from organic farms to the main outlet. He also emphasized the whole chain being managed without any middle men as is done elsewhere. Sailer and his team shared their experience working in the organic farms with thousands of co-workers to reach the products to customers.

The Chief Minister shared his own experience in transforming Sikkim into organic and the difficulties in the road to achieving that. The delegation gained the experience first-hand while visiting this part of Germany. He was accompanied by Minister Somnath Poudyal and Secretary Khorlo Bhutia.

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