IMPHAL | December 17, 2019:
In Manipur, a three-day State-level Orange Festival began yesterday.
Chief Minister N. Biren Singh inaugurated the festival at district headquarters Tamenglong.
Tamenglong district is largest producer of orange fruit in Manipur.
The state government under the sponsorship of North Eastern Council organised the festival annually to promote the fruit and encourage its growers.
This year, there are more than 300 orange stalls in the festival. On day one, orange growers' competition was held and prizes were distributed to top position holders.
As part of the festival, cultural show, traditional games, orange queen competition, seminar for growers will be held. The festival will conclude tomorrow.
370 farmers with 5 lakh oranges participated in Orange Festival at Teminglong. Teminglong is the oldest district of Manipur dominated by Naga tribe. It produces the sweetest oranges of the state which are grown organically.
Speaking at inaugural function Manipur Chief Minister said Tamenglong orange would received Geographical Indication Tagging Certificate very soon. Separate fund would kept in the state budget for festival related to fruit and would increased the prizes for participating orange growers from next year.