Orange producers rewarded

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, December 10, 2018: Orange producers were awarded today, the last day of the 3-day state level Orange Festival held at Tamenlong district headquarter.

The best orange production for the year 2018 was bagged by Gaigupliu of Sibilong village. She was awarded with a cash price of Rs 1,50,000. Gaichungliu Gangmei of Sibilong village under Tousem sub- division and 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.

Seventeen 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.

The festival was celebrated under the theme “Orange for peace, health, beauty and prosperity”.

Tamenglong contributes over 50 per cent of the state’s annual total orange production of nearly 10,000 to 11,000 tonnes.

Minister for PHED Minister L. Dikho and Tamenglong Autonomous District Council chairman Namsinrei Panmei attended the closing ceremony as chief guest and guest of honour respectively.

Dikho wished 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 added.

He also appealed 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, urged the orange growers to work hard to increase the orange plantation assuring that the orange farmers present in the gathering that all the need and financial help will be given from district administration and the state fund.

Seminars 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 were conducted.

Department of horticulture distributed pea seeds to all the orange growers participants after the session.
As part of the festival 13 year old girl Gaindinliu a student of JNV stood first and take away a cash award of Rs.30,000 in the Tamenglong Got Talent programme.

Ringsangnang Reamei and Miss Apiliu Panmei stood in the second and third place. They received cash award of Rs 20,000 and Rs 10,000 respectively.

Orange queen contest was also held in the evening.

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