TVBVLN organises third edition of Chengu festival

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 1/20/2021 10:31:52 AM IST

Third edition of Chengu festival organised by the Tizu Valley Biodiversity Conservation and Livelihood Network (TVBVLN), supported by Japan fund for global environment of the environmental restoration and conservation agency under the theme “With special focus on traditional agriculture” was celebrated at Ghukhuyi village on January 20. 

According to DIPR report, advisor of Tourism, Art and Culture, H. Khehovi Yeputhomi was the special guest and agriculture production commissioner (APC), Y. Kikheto Sema was guest of honour.

Khehovi in his speech thanked God for bringing together everyone safely for the festival despite the pandemic and also extended New Year greetings to the people. He said that God’s greatest gift to human was nature and its resources and despite being a small state, Nagaland has many beautiful landscapes, rich culture and traditions, whereby he urged everyone to preserve one’s natural resources. 

He further said that human greed was insatiable and constant hunting of birds and animals, cutting down of trees etc has been practiced randomly everywhere thus adding to global warming which in the long run would make it impossible for any living being to survive on earth. 

He encouraged the people to make good use of the various schemes and projects that the central and state governments have been giving to help the poor and needy in rural areas. He also requested the people especially elders to teach the young the various  folklore, songs, dances and to preserve one’s traditional attires, thereby preserving the rich culture and traditions. He further released one Chengu bird which was rescued from hunters.

Y. Kikheto Sema in his speech said that conserving natural resources was important so that they can persist for future generations and to achieve that, one must protect wildlife and promote biodiversity i.e by prohibiting hunting, logging, mining etc. By conserving natural resources, he said one can minimise the depletion of resources as well as preservation of resources for the future generation. He urged the villagers to practice self cultivation and come forward to the concerned department if they have any doubts regarding the use of pesticides or any artificial means of cultivation.  

Deputy commissioner Zunheboto, Peter Lichamo appreciated the GBs, elders and all the citizens of the three villages i.e Kivikhu, Sukhai and Ghukhuyi for making Chengu festival happen and also requested them to do even more better and be an example to other villagers.  

Earlier, programme was led by Tavin Chishi and Eli Yeptho and Venato Yeptho pastor Sumi Baptist Church pronounced the invocation prayer. Keynote address was delivered by Sataya Prakash Tripathi, chairman NSBB and Kakishe Murru delivered the vote of thanks. 

Cultural items were presented by various traditional teams from the three villages.


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