Manipur Shirui fest concludes

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Ukhrul: Four-day Shirui tourism festival concluded on Saturday at Ukhrul in presence of minister for agriculture, power, climate change, science and technology Th. Biswajit Singh and transport, animal husbandry and veterinery minister Khashim Vashum.

Biswajit reminded that Shirui Lily flower which is the state flower is only found at Shirui Peak. It was discovered and made known to the world since 1948. Because of the lack of effort it could not be explored. It was only after the leadership the abled chief minister N. Biren Singh ‘we could now relive the beauty and uniqueness of Shirui Lily’.

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The state level Shirui Lily Festival is an important event through which the government of Manipur is trying to generate not only employment but also socio economic development can be promoted. During the weeklong festival varieties of indigenous products like food, games and cultures have been showcased. Different walks of life had poured in from all acroos the country. Therefore this particular flower has acted as a unifying factor for the different communities of the state, he said.

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The need for conservation of this endangered Lily flower has become very necessary. The government is looking  forward to build a laboratory for the purpose, he added.

He appealed to the public in saving the flower from extinction so as to enherit to the next generation.

Khashim Vashum said the anxiety in organsing the festival was relieved because the clear weather condition had permitted. He thanked everyone for the corporation he had received as a member of the organising committee.

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