Tuesday, October 4, 2022

1st Naga Mircha Festival at Seiyhama


The first ever Naga Mircha Festival, hosted and organised by Seiyhama Village Council and Seiyhama Naga Mircha Growers, sponsored by the department of Horticulture, was held at the village council hall, on Saturday.
Speaking at the festival, special guest, NDPP 11 NA-II A/C president, Vibeilietuo Kets termed the festival as “a historic moment” since the people were celebrating the produce of their hard work.
He informed the villagers that chief minister Neiphiu Rio also conveyed his happiness on learning that the festival was being organised.
He observed that cultivation of the famous Naga King chilli was picking up and that people were realising its market value.
He said although many Northern Angami villages cultivate the chilli, Seiyhama village has become the dominant cultivator with a variety of species.
He urged upon the department to provide the villagers with necessary technical support and encouraged the villagers to master the traits involved in the cultivation process.
“Branding of your product is important and the educated youth should come up with innovative ways to make chilli a value-added product” he suggested.
Vibeilietuo observed that Seiyhama had become an exemplary village through the production of chilli and advised the villagers to build assets instead of buying vehicles or other luxuries with the money they earn from selling their produce.
In a short speech, district horticulture officer (DHO), Kohima, S Senka Jamir said horticulture sector was gradually picking up as people were finally realising its importance.
He pointed out that Nagaland was a place with diverse agro-climatic conditions which were favourable for production of all types of fruits, vegetables, medicinal plants and spices.
The DHO said the demand for horticulture products was still higher than the supply and therefore the scopes of earning one’s livelihood was high.
He also pointed out that the sector has high return coupled with government’s assistance in the form of schemes, financial aids etc., which attracts people and encourages the use of innovative methods.
Earlier organising committee convenor, Lhoulalie Zumu spoke on purpose of the festival, GB Thinuoneio Thevo delivered welcome address while a special number was presented by Kezhalelhou Metha and vote of thanks was proposed by organising committee coordinator Lilly Metha.