State can economically flourish with focus on agri, tourism industries: Kronu

State can economically flourish with focus on agri, tourism industries: Kronu
Neiba Kronu addressing at the inauguration of Hornbill Pfutsero Experience Thursday.
Correspondent KOHIMA, DEC 2 (NPN) | Publish Date: 12/2/2021 1:33:58 PM IST

Minister for Planning and Coordination, Land Revenue and Parliamentary Affairs, Neiba Kronu said that Nagaland can economically flourish with focus on agriculture and tourism industries. 

He was speaking at the inauguration of Pfutsero Experience at Glory Peak, Pfutsero on Thursday, which is an extended experience of the Hornbill Festival beyond Kisama in Kohima.

The festival was organised by Kalos Society and sponsored by the department of tourism will be held till December 10. 

Having experienced the different parts of the world, Kronu said those areas are beautiful with rocky mountains, snow, skyscrapers and lakes but Nagaland has one of the richest biodiversity hotspot in the world adding that tourists wants to see rich biodiversity with open skies as in other places there are barely one species of tree up to long distance.

Asserting that Pfutsero Experience was just a beginning, Kronu said it should move steadily and the festival should be continued and not just during Hornbill Festival. 

Highlighting some of the tourists attractions within Pfutsero sub-division, the minister said one can have clear view of Himalayan range, State’s highest mountain Saramati, rivers flowing to Brahmaputra and Chinwin in Myanmar, Pfutsero Town Baptist Church located in highest altitude, Japanese cave of World War-II, Bloodiest Battlefield against British in 1885 at Kikruma village, Trekking route from Glory Peak to Chida lake through the rocky portions and rivers, cave of Naga army, Rhododendron and place of echo at Kami, ancient beauty contest ramp at Leshemi, the hide out of Late A Z Phizo. To this, he said efforts are on to make this area as a tourist destination. 

On shortage of accommodation, he suggested opening home stays in every village and appealed all to maintain cleanliness and hygiene to attract tourists. 

The minister also encouraged the tour guides to be thorough with Naga political history.

ADC Pfutsero Japheth Woch conveyed gratitude to the state government. He said that visitors will have a different experience with the nature at Pfutsero with a different story altogether.

Pfutsero is not only for scenic beauty but the unique cultural practices along with opportunity of adventure tourism and Khezhakeno People’s festival, frozen lake etc., he said.

The ADC while saying we are still not free from pandemic, appealed all not to let our guards down. He also said that the administration and civil societies are discussing the concept of Eco-friendly festival with initiatives towards plastic free Pfutsero experience.  

Associate professor of Kohima Science College, Dr. Wenyitso Kapfo presenting the concept on the festival said the natural beauty may not be sensitive to its charm any more for the people here but for outsiders it is worth an experience with people and their contemporary culture. 

Pfutsero is more than what is seen at a glance as it has treasure of attraction for the tourists.

“The idea was conceptualized by Minister Kronu and this just a beginning towards making Pfutsero a tourism hub”, he said.

Some of the attractions are food festival, traditional games and sports.

MLA Kezhienyi Khalo also attended the inaugural programme chaired by Kalos Director Kupelhi Losou while special number and folk tale by Surholu Tunyi and Chelisou Khutso respectively. 

Later in the evening, Minister Kronu graced the evening carnival of the 4th People’s Festival, Khezhakeno. The festival organized by Khezhakeno Youth Organization in collaboration with Tourism Department is being held at Chida Resort Khezhakeno and will conclude on December 4 evening.

The three-day People’s Festival is being marked by indigenous games and sports competitions.

Traditional hut making competition was held on Thursday wherein Pfutseromi and Khezhakeno villages won the prize of Rs. 1 lakh.

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