Startups showcase organic power in Sikkim

Tuesday, Jan 19, 2016,14:17 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

Gangtok | Young entrepreneurs who have started new ventures in Sikkim to harness the potential of processed organic products in the state, shared their experiences with Prime Minister Narendra Modi today. The Prime Minister interacted with 29-year old entrepreneur Vivek Cintury, founder of Nature Gift and IIM graduate Anurag Aggarwal, co-founder of Parvata Foods, among others after inaugurating an exhibition on organic products here. The event comes days after the launch of Startup India programme on January 16.

Modiji asked about my products. I shared how I started this new venture taking loan from the Prime Minister Employment Guarantee Fund, Cintury, who has showcased his products in the exhibition, told PTI. Cintury’s startup firm Nature Gift was set up in 2013 and now has a processing capacity of 200 tonnes for ginger, turmeric, buckwheat and millets. He sells processed organic products not only in Sikkim but also supplies to companies like Lucknow-based Organic India, Jaipur-based Vision Organic, among others.

Cintury said he has got his products certified from export promotion body APEDA and the Spices Board and eventually wants to focus on exports. Similarly, Parvata Foods was set up in 2013 by two young entrepreneurs soon after passing out from the IIM, Ahmedabad. We started with our own funds. We saw farmers were selling their produce in Siliguri. So, we decided to tap the potential, company’s co-founder Aggarwal said. The company has partnered with New Delhi’s Mother Dairy for supply of organic turmeric and ginger through 372 Safal retail outlets, he said.