Flower festival kicks off in Ukhrul


Pothashang News Service: Ukhrul, October 26, 2018: Annual Ukhrul Flower Festival held under the theme ‘Potted Fever’ at the Town Hall, Ukhrul was kicked off today. It was organized by Ukhrul Flower Society (UFS).

Horticulture and soil conservation minister Thounaojam Shyamkumar 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.

Saying that the state government is committed to help the people of Ukhrul by availing the benefits of the various welfare programs, the minister said the state government also needs cooperation from the people. He said with cooperation from every stakeholders development can be brought in the state.

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Appreciating the 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.

The minister 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.

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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 programmes.

The highlights of the 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.


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