Tamenglong: A three-day orange festival which, was celebrated under the theme 'Orange for peace, health, beauty and prosperity', came to an end at the lower ground in Tamenlong on Monday.
PHED minister L Dikho and Tamenglong Autonomous District Council chairman Namsinrei Panmei attended the closing ceremony as a chief guest and guest of honour, respectively.
In his speech, Dikho urged the people of Tamenlong to fully take the advantage of railway transport, which passes through the heart of the district, in promoting the indigenous variety of oranges.
“God has fully blessed the land, people and the orange of Tamenlong. So, we must fully utilise our resources in promoting, acknowledging and preserving the oranges of Tamenlong,” the minister added.
Panmei, too, urged the orange growers to work hard to increase the orange plantation in the region. He also assured the orange farmers present in the gathering of all financial help from the district administration and the state government.
Meanwhile, the category of ‘best oranges for the year’ was awarded to Gaigupliu of Sibilong village with a cash prize of Rs 1.5 lakh.
Gaichungliu Gangmei of Sibilong village and Ramkeliu Gangmei of Chaengdai village were adjudged the second and third winners, with cash prizes of Rs 1 lakh and Rs 75,000, respectively.
While 17 orange growers received a consolation prize of Rs 20,000 each, the rest of the participants received Rs 5,000 each. Altogether, 173 orange growers participated in the competition.