Abstract

Sikkim is the smallest mountainous state in North-East India. Agriculture is the backbone of rural Sikkim. It contributes 16% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the State and supports more than 64% of the population. In 2015, Sikkim Organic Mission was launched, and the focus was shifted from subsistence to commercial agriculture. Farmers shifted their choice from food crop cultivation to large cardamom cultivation for high-profit making purposes. Presently, cardamom cultivation in West Sikkim suffers from challenges like maintaining the quality of the product and lack of scientific technique to tackle the situation.