Ukhrul, Oct 26,
Horticulture and Soil Conservation Minister Thounaojam Shyamkumar today expressed his concern over the decreasing forest cover in the Ukhrul district. He appealed to the people of the Ukhrul district to plant more trees to increase forest cover.
Minister Th. Shyamkumar was speaking as the chief guest at the inaugural day function of the Annual Ukhrul Flower Festival held under the theme ‘Potted Fever’ at the Town Hall, Ukhrul. The three days festival is organised by Ukhrul Flower Society (UFS) and it will conclude on 28th October, 2018.
Stating that the State Government is committed to help the people of Ukhrul by availing the benefits of the various welfare programs, he said the State Government also needs cooperation from the people. He said with cooperation from every stakeholders development can be brought in the State.
Appreciating the Ukhrul Flower Society (UFS) for organising the flower festival, he said UFS should find a suitable location such as a hillock, where flowers can be planted and develop it as a flower park. He opined that the flower park can add to the scenic beauty of Ukhrul and attract tourists in the area.
Horticulture and Soil Conservation Minister further assured that he will consult with the officials of the departments under him so that welfare projects can be taken in the district apart from the ongoing projects.
Artax A. Shimray, Advisor, UFS said he had requested the State Government to frame a policy for floriculture so that various welfare schemes can be implemented apart from providing livelihood to the people. He said many medicinal plants and ornamental plants found in Ukhrul can be sold commercially to generate income. He also urged the concerned department to provide training programs.
The highlights of three days annual flower festival are flower show, exhibition cum sale of flowers, organic vegetables and fruits, local foods and cuisines, processed food items and local handicrafts. District Level Officers of Ukhrul district, Ningshim Shaiza, Chairman, UFS and locals attended the function.