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Farmer from Mokokchung achieves ‘Mera Nuja’

Farmer from Mokokchung achieves ‘Mera Nuja’
Retired teacher Imkongtemjen Jamir and his wife Yangernungla achieves “Mera Nuja.” (DIPR)
DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 9/26/2020 1:18:34 PM IST

Mokokchung district hosted “Mera Nuja” on September 22, a prestigious achievement and recognition of wealth that a farmer is bestowed upon and enters the wealthy elite in a village according to Ao ethos.

DIPR reported that, retired teacher Imkongtemjen Jamir (71 years) and his wife Yangernungla (67 years) in order to achieve this status and honour, he had to perform a task called “Kimang Nuja” another prestigious act where he invited relatives to partake in his harvest by cultivating the biggest jhum field.

Jamir said that the task was meant to challenge the upcoming generation to inculcate and uphold the rich heritage of their forefathers and to be hard working farmers.

Although the practice had become rare in Ao land today, Longsa being a revered village to uphold its custom and tradition rigidly have kept this practice alive.

He stated that while hosting Mera Nuja, villagers were invited to partake in a bumper harvest along with feast and honorary dedicatory songs for his achievement from his clansmen and women. The harvest should be done on that day itself and that it was customary to gift meat to every person who partake in his harvest.

Jamir said he had cultivated more than five acres of Jhum land and sowed 10 tins of rice without use of pesticides and harvested 12,000 kgs of rice approximately. The harvest may be the highest rice harvested by a lone Jhum land farmer in Mokokchung district.

The septuagenarian said that he had dedicated his 25 years in Jhum cultivation after retirement from government service in order to teach youngsters that they must get back to agriculture to be self sufficient.

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