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Poanglüm hornbill festival concludes in Tuensang

Poanglüm hornbill festival concludes in Tuensang
Chingmak, president CCSU receiving award from Khehovi Yepthomi.
DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 1/18/2020 9:22:48 AM IST

Chang’s Poanglüm hornbill festival concluded after three days of grand celebration in Tuensang on January 17, with Khehovi Yepthomi advisor for Tourism as lamshok patron. 

Khehovi encouraged the Chang community to venture into tourism with more vigour because tourism was one industry that ensured maximum economic benefit in today’s world. Advisor also gave away commendation certificates to some villages and associations, Chingmei village for annual turnover of Rs. 1.3 crore from large cardamom production, Chendang village for selling more than 200 tons of potatoes, Longra village for being the largest producer of rice in Chang area, Confederation of Chang Students’ Union (CCSU) for initiating innovative educational reforms, Chang Gazetted Officers’ Association (CGOA) for initiating urban sochum (coaching centre for competitive exams), Father Benjamin Hopong Chingmak for first Catholic priest from Chang community and also to other individuals for their achievements in different field. 

President of Sumi Hoho Hekhushe Shikhu graced the festival as the tribal guest. 

He profoundly remarked on importance of fostering better relation between all communities. Cultural troupes from different communities, Sangtam, Khiamniungan and Chang presented their traditional dance and songs.

Poanglüm hornbill festival reached its crescendo in the evening with various renowned artistes performing classic songs. Special guest for the evening was Brigadier S.K. Sheoran DIG 7th Sector Assam Rifles Tuensang.

Around 40,000 visitors were there during the three-days festival. 26 morungs were built by different villages which were utilized as exhibition and business stalls. 

The main items in the business stalls were cash crops, cereals, pulses, organic vegetables, fruits, flowers, ginger candies, organic jaggery, forest produce (NTFP), handicrafts, woodcrafts, souvenirs, river fish cooked in bamboo, local cuisine, barbeques, etc.  As per initial estimate, a record turnover of Rs. 40-50 lakh was accrued by the morung business stalls during the celebration.  

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