Northeast India’s Only English and Hindi Satellite News Channel

Sikkim: SU starts multi-locational trial to cultivate expensive saffron

Saffron the most expensive spice in India finding new roots in Sikkim. Following the Yangyang village in South Sikkim producing the first crop of saffron in September as a pilot

Saffron the most expensive spice in India finding new roots in Sikkim. Following the Yangyang village in South Sikkim producing the first crop of saffron in September as a pilot project. Now, the Sikkim University has been exploring the possibility of saffron (kesar) cultivation in the state and cultivation has been conducted in high altitude locations throughout the state.

According to a report, Dr Arun K Sarma, Director General, North East Centre for Technology Application and Reach (NECTAR) said that the crops have been grown across 1,000 square meters and once the saffron’s quality is determined, it will be multiplied tenfold in Sikkim.

A press release, from the Sikkim University, informs that the university’s vice-chancellor, Prof. Avinash Khare, and a team of researchers managed to meet online with the director of the Agriculture Department in Kashmir and several saffron experts to discuss various aspects of saffron cultivation. Following that, a team from Sikkim University travelled to Kashmir to learn about the spices cultivation techniques through visits to several farms and the Kashmir Saffron Centre of Excellence, as well as extensive interactions with farmers.

According to sources, the Sikkim University plans to monitor the adequacy of flowers from various locations and to conduct an extensive survey on soil and climatic parameters to correlate the yield and quality of saffron and, ultimately, to identify potential areas in the state. Also, before recommending commercial cultivation, the university will explore the management aspects for increasing productivity and economic feasibility over the next few years. So far, the results indicate that saffron cultivation in Sikkim is a viable option. High-altitude areas with prolonged and chilly winters with well-drained soil are ideal for saffron cultivation.

First Published: 9th November, 2021 18:43 IST



Concerns raised over Sikkim’s lifeline National Highway No 10

Lepcha blamed the ongoing construction of the Sevoke-Rangpo Railway Line and other development projects taking place next to the highway.

28th September 2022
Sikkim: OSD’s tweet to CM Tamang inviting investors to hydro projects sparks row

The tweet by Sunil Saraogi, Officer on Special Duty (OSD) to CM Prem Singh Tamang inviting investors to invest in #Sikkim hydroelectric projects has raised a row on the social media platform.

26th September 2022
Sikkim sends contingent for 36th National Games 2022

Sikkim Olympic Association on Sunday sent off the State Contingent for the 36th National Games which will be held in Gujarat from 28th September to 12th October. Six athletes from Sikkim will be competing in four sports disciplines including Athletics, Boxing, Skateboarding and Wushu at the National Games. A 14 Member State Contingent comprising of […]

26th September 2022
Sikkim: 2 injured in fire at petrol depot in Gangtok

In a tragic incident, two persons have been seriously injured after a fire broke out at a petrol depot at Bojoghari in Gangtok last night. The fire broke out at around 11 pm Saturday. As per inputs, fire tenders were rushed to the spot and managed to douse the fire. Meanwhile, the injured duo have […]

25th September 2022
India’s 1st Avalanche Monitoring Radar installed in North Sikkim

In a huge technical advancement for India in the Himalayas, the Indian Army, along with the Defence Geoinformatics and Research Establishment, jointly installed the Avalanche Monitoring Radar in North Sikkim. The radar was inaugurated at one of the Forward Posts of the Indian Army deployed at an altitude of 15,000 feet in North Sikkim. This […]

24th September 2022