In commemoration with ‘World Bamboo Day’, the North East International Bamboo festival commenced on September 16 with the declaration of the craft bazaar opened by parliamentary secretary for industries and commerce, Dr. K.C. Nihoshe at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama.
Minister for forest and parliamentary secretary from Mizoram and host of dignitaries attended the opening programme of craft bazaar.
Bamboo seminar and agencies of NE states government such as Bamboo Development Agency Mizoram, Bamboo Mission, National Bamboo Mission Assam, Bamboo Mission Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Sikkim including Kerela State Bamboo Mission and many other bamboo development agencies are participating in the 4-day International festival.
The traditional craft items made of bamboo, cane and even wood such as baskets, shields, spoons, flute etc., and modern creative design items like furniture, serving bowls, kettles, cups, ladies bag, mat, mobile cover, hanger, soap case, pen, comb and many other attractive items worth to be used and also to be kept as souvenir are displayed at the stalls.
Besides these, artisans would be demonstrating on basketries and bamboo crafts. Altogether more than 50 stalls are being put up at the craft bazaar.
Meanwhile, minister for agriculture, Dr. Chumben Murry inaugurated flori show cum competition at Hortiscape Kisama.
Adding more colours in commemorating the ‘World Bamboo Day’, flower exhibits under ten (10) categories namely bulbs and tubers, bonsai, cactai and succulents, indigenous foliage and flowers, orchids hybrid and indigenous, biennials/perennials, annuals, dry flower arrangement, fresh flowers arrangement and ferns and foliage were put up on display at the Hortiscape Kisama, under each category.
Cash prize of `10,000, ` 7000 and `5000were given to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd winners while consolation prizes of `1000 were given.
Results of flori competition:
• Annual: 2nd –Anungla, 3rd-Kenei-lü
• Perennial: 1st -Chenakum Ovung, 2nd-Niathu Garden, 3rd-Vesüto
• Bulbs and tuners: 2nd-Annie Medom, 3rd-Chenakum Ovung
• Bonsai: 2nd-Zakielhouvinuo, 3rd-Zakielhouvinuo
• Cacti and Sacculent: 1st-Zakielhouvinuo, 2nd – Verita, 3rd -Akali
• Ferns and foliage: 1st-Neisi, 2nd-Kehosale and Zakielhouvinuo, 3rd-Neisi
• Fresh flower arrangement: 1st-Neisi, 2nd-Naithu Garden and Narola Mayang, 3rd-Verita
• Indigenous foliage and flowers: 1st-Meren Pongen, 2nd-Kumali Ovung, 3rd-Zhanuo
• Dry flower arrangement: 1st-Kevi Pienyü, 2nd-Akali, 3rd-Atong and Akali
• Orchids: 1st-Zhanuo Belho, 2nd-Chan, 3rd-Neikedounuo.