Tamenglong, Dec 10,
A 3 day long Orange festival which was celebrated under the theme “Orange for peace, health, beauty and prosperity” come to an end today at the lower ground Tamenlong District headquarter.
PHED Minister L. Dikho and Namsinrei Panmei Chairman, Autonomous District Council Tamenlong attended the closing ceremony as a Chief Guest and Guest of Honour respectively.
L.Dikho in his chief guest speech wishes the people of Tamenlong a merry Christmas on behalf of the State Chief Minister. He also urged the people of Tamenlong to fully take the advantage of railway transport in promoting the indigenous orange since railway is passing through the heart of Tamenlong
God has fully blessed the land, people and the orange of Tamenlong so we must fully utilised in promoting, acknowledging and preserving the oranges of Tamenlong lamented the chief guest. He also further request the public of Tamenlong to support and co-operate in the government developmental work which is going on in the district as of now.
Namsinrei Panmei, Chairman Autonomous District Council, in his presidential speech urged the orange growers to work hard to increased the orange plantation. 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.
Stall No. 99, Mrs. Gaichungliu Gangmei of Sibilong village under Tousem Sub- Division and stall No 60, Mrs.Ramkeliu Gangmei of Chaengdai village under Tamenglong sub- Division bagged the second and third prize respectively. The cash award for second prize is Rs. 100000/- and third prize is Rs.75000/- only.
17 orange growers also received a consolation prize of Rs 20,000/- each and the rest of the participants received a cash of Rs. 5000 each. Altogether 173 orange growers participated in the competition.
District Administration of Tamenlong in collaboration with ICAR, CAU and NABARD conducted a seminar on the second day for the orange growers of Tamenlong under the theme “Orange: It’s Perspective, Problems and Potentials at the Tamenlong Indoor Stadium. The experts from the Department of ICAR, CAU and NABARD present a various topic on cultural practices for sustainable production of Tamenlong oranges, soil management in the context of orange cultivation, plant protection in an organic and sustainable manner and the role of NABARD in rural development especially in Horticulture Crop Production were presented to the participants. Department of horticulture distributed pea seeds to all the orange growers participants after the session.
Journalist and Founder “Breaking the Silence” Urmila Chanam also present a topic in the Vital role of Media and Market Linkages in Global Context.
As part of the festival 13 year old girl Miss Gaindinliu a student of JNV stood first and take away a cash award of Rs.30,000 and citation in the Tamenglong Got Talent. And Mr. Ringsangnang Reamei and Miss Apiliu Panmei stood second and third prize with a cash award of Rs 20,000 and Rs 10,000 and citation respectively.
It is worth mentioning that during the 15th Orange festival celebration district administration of Tamenlong along with various civil society, NGOs and village authority organised a various events such as night camping at Dailong village, trekking to Tharon cave and waterfall, trekking at Luangku forest, Biodervisty Heritage site at Dailong and rafting and kayaking at Barak river for the visitors from different parts of state and Manipur in particular who come to witness the festival at Tamenlong.