Gainiliu of Sibilong village, Tousem sub division was adjudged as the first in the Orange Competition
TAMENGLONG, Dec 19 (NNN): Altogether 270 orange farmers participated in this year’s Orange Festival which began on December 17 and culminated on Monday at Apollo Ground in Tamenglong headquarters located over 100 km west of Manipur. It was the 17th State level Orange Festival of Manipur.
Every orange farmer brought a minimum 1,000 oranges to participate in the festival.
Gainiliu of Sibilong village, Tousem sub division was adjudged as the first in the Orange Competition, Tanimliu kamei of Sibilong village, Tousem sub division as second and Gaikhammei of Changdai village, Tamenglong was adjudged as the third position in the competition. Cash prizes were awarded to the winners of the competition. Rs. 2 lakhs was given to the first position, the second with Rs. 1 lakh and the third with Rs. 75,000.
Meanwhile, Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh, while attending the closing programme inaugurated a slew of developmental projects.
The projects are Development and Promotion of Eco-tourism Centres at Zeilad Lake and Tharon Cave in Tamenglong district under Hill Area Development Program (HADP), establishment of Cold Storage Chain at Tamenglong under HADP, construction of Water Supply Scheme at Tamah, Tamei under HADP and Indoor Stadium cum Multipurpose Hall at Tamenglong district headquarters.
Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister elaborated on the reason behind organising the festival and increasing prize money for orange growers’ competition.
“The State Government wants to make Tamenglong an orange producing district because the orange variety grown in the district is suitable with the soil of the district,” he said, while highlighting the unique taste of the orange.
The increased prize money will encourage locals to take up orange farming and make themselves economically viable and self-reliant, which will eventually improve the local economy, he added.
- Biren also spoke on the need for tissue culture for the Tamenglong oranges to ensure that the local oranges do not get mixed with other varieties and that they don’t lose their taste or uniqueness.
Highlighting that the State has started exporting products like black rice, pineapple among other items, he said oranges can also be exported “if we have a surplus production”.
The cold storages inaugurated on Monday will help farmers in storing their products, the chief minister said, assuring that the Government is always there for the people.
- Biren also stressed that Tamenglong is moving towards development, citing various developmental projects like eco-tourism centers at Thanlon Caves, Zeilad Lake, among others.
“In today’s modern world, tourism is the best option for places like Manipur to improve the economy”, he continued, deliberating on the need to develop and promote the tourist spots in the State.
Reiterating his earlier assurance to the people of the district, the chief minister said the Government is making Tamenglong one of the most developed districts of the State and further highlighted development works undertaken including the construction of a water supply, ongoing work for an amusement park near Barak River.
He said, “We have also proposed the centre for development of a tourist centre at Buning”.
Stating that the Government had lost at least two and a half years in the last term to the Covid pandemic and another 5-6 months to the rains in the present term, the chief minister said that the Government had just around 3 years of working season. He continued that with the support and cooperation of the public, the Government is able to bring development to the State.