State Level Orange Festival at Tamenglong concludes
The three-day 15th State Level Orange Festival 2018 concluded today at Mini Stadium, Tamenglong district headquarters.
PHED minister, L. Dikho and chairman of Tamenglong Autonomous District Council, Namsinrei Panmei attended the valedictory programme as chief guest and guest of honour respectively. The valedictory ceremony also witnessed the attendance of members of ADC Tamenglong and District Level Officers (DLOs) of Tamenglong.
In his speech as chief guest, L. Dikho stated that cold storage plant for orange is not a primary requirement in Tamenglong as the demand for fresh oranges is so large that people need to plant more trees in a bigger scale to meet the outside demands. “Many people are now demanding table fresh dishes including fruits,” he added.
Appealing the youths of Tamenglong to take part in the production of oranges, L. Dikho further urged them not to remain silent and idle when the orange fruit is best suited to grow in the land, and take advantage of railway transport in promoting the indigenous orange as the railway line is going to pass through the heart of Tamenglong.
“Do not wait for the MLA or the chief minister of Manipur for loans but work harder to plant more oranges as God has fully blessed the land, people and the oranges of Tamenglong so we must fully utilise every advantages in promoting, acknowledging and preserving the oranges of Tamenglong,” he said.
While making a request to the public of Tamenglong for support and co-operation in regard to developmental works initiated by the government which is going on in the district, L. Dikho also wished the people of Tamenglong a ‘Merry Christmas’ on behalf of the chief minister.
Namsinrei Panmei, in his speech, urged the orange growers to work hard in order to increase the yield of oranges. He also assured the orange farmers present in the gathering that all the need and financial help will be given from District administration and the State fund.
“A few years back, orange plants were decaying and it disappointed the orange farmers and growers, but now I am happy to see today that ample quantity of oranges are produced again,” he added.
Namsinrei Panmei also urged all growers to try their level best and work hard to promote and produce maximum oranges in the district.
In the Tamenglong Got Talent competition which was held as part of the festival, a 13-year old student of JNV, Gaidinliu stood first and took away a cash award of Rs.30, 000 and a citation, while Ringsangnang Riamei stood second and Apiliu Panmei stood in the third place winning cash awards of Rs 20,000 and Rs 10,000 respectively along with citations.
It is worth mentioning that during the 15th Orange festival celebration, the district administration of Tamenglong along with various CVOs, NGOs and village authorities also organised several events such as night camping at Dailong village, trekking to Tharon cave and waterfall, trekking at Luangku forest, Biodiversity Heritage site at Dailong and rafting and kayaking at Barak river for the visitors from different parts of state and Manipur in particular who had come to witness the festival at Tamenglong.
The Best Orange award was bagged by stall No. 102 run by Gaigupliu, wife of Sangkepou of Sibilong village under Tousem Sub- Division of Tamenglong District. She was presented with a cheque of Rs 1, 50,000 (One lakh and fifty thousand).
Stall No. 99 belonging to Gaichungliu, wife of David Gangmei of Sibilong village under Tousem Sub- Division, and owner of stall No 60, Ramkeliu Gangmei, wife of Disiyang Gangmei of Chaengdai village under Tamenglong sub- division bagged the second and third positions respectively in the Best Orange category. And they were awarded with a sum of Rs. 1, 00000 (One lakh) and Rs. 75, 000 (Seventy-five thousand) respectively.
A sum of Rs. 20,000 (twenty thousand) each was presented to 17 orange growers as consolation prizes, while the rest of the participants in the Best Orange competition also received a sum Rs. 5000 (five thousand) each.
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