Chilli festival kick starts at Sirarakhong village

Correspondent IMPHAL, Aug 29 | Publish Date: 8/29/2018 12:33:57 PM IST

Manipur horticulture and soil conservation minister Thounaojam Shyamkumar Wednesday inaugurated the three-day long 9th Hathei Phanit (Chilli Festival) at Sirarakhong village of Ukhrul district.

Hathei is a chilli species which is grown only in Sirarakhong village in Ukhrul district of Manipur. It is famous for its unique taste. The festival is being organized to promote tourism and to provide a platform to chilli growers of Sirarakhong village.

The festival which is being celebrated under the theme ‘celebrating the god’s gift - Hathei’ is being organized by Sirarakhong Hathei Promotion Committee & Sirarakhong villagers under the sponsorship of NEC through EBADA Manipur, Horticulture and Soil Conservation and Manipur Organic Mission Agency (MOMA).

In his speech, the horticulture minister said that Manipur has many communities and places which have different specific specialties. He said that after discussing with the farmers and the villagers, special steps will be taken up by the department to increase the production of these chillies.

He said the government led by the chief minister N Biren Singh was committed for the welfare of the people especially at the hill districts. 

Urging the villagers to come forward, he said that the responsible government officers at the district level must visit the place and give an extensive report regarding the possible steps and programmes which can be taken up in the concerned area.

The minister announced construction of a rural market shed in the village at a cost of Rs 13.50 lakh under the MIDH scheme of the department and allocation of a vehicle for the transportation of local produces to the capital city after September this year.  Joint director Birachandra Singh of horticulture and soil conservation department said that North East is among the top states in the country which has a rich biodiversity. 


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