However, with organic farming opportunities, some are returning to farming with big hopes. But more lucrative ways have to be found to attract the youth. “Onsite value addition to crops and products and more work towards developing high value low volume products like large cardamom will give better opportunities in Sikkim,” he said and added that tourism was a big money spinner in Sikkim, but that value addition with organic farming would make it an even better alternative. 

The Sikkim government has already identified a few crops like ginger, large cardamom, buckwheat and turmeric as unique products of Sikkim which have a huge demand. “We don’t have that much land area. So, we have to produce unique things which are of high value. That is why we are targeting these crops,” S. Anbalagan says. He sees a good possibility of the entire north-east Indian region becoming a hub of organic farming.