Kohima, Sep 14 : As the earlier years, Nagaland celebrated the 8th Thanamir Apple Festival, organised by Thanamir Village Council in collaboration with the Nagaland Department of Horticulture held yesterday at the Public Ground of Thanamir under Pungro sub-division of kiphire district.
According to official sources on Saturday Nagaland Adviser for Horticulture and Border Affairs Mhathung Yanthan graced the festival as Special Guest and said that Thanamir was created specially by God with wonderful people blessed with rich natural resources. He advised the local inhabitants and the nearby villages to take measures for more development in Apple production with proper management from different aspects. He also encouraged the villagers to get involved in promoting agriculture which can be good for economic growth as well as for health benefits. He further assured the people that his department will assist in getting the right species of Apple for the cultivators to produce more which can bring a positive outlook economically for the people of Nagaland.
Nagaland Adviser for IPR, SCERT & Village Guard Toshi Wangtung, who also spoke on the occasion stressed on conserving forests. He said forests must be conserved in a larger way as cutting down of trees will lead to climatic change which will have a negative impact on the cultivation of apples as well as for human survival in different ways.
Addressing by the President Yimchungru Tribal Council (YTC) Throngso said Apples are not grown in every part of the world, but only in certain parts, therefore, the local cultivators must strive more in its cultivation. He further said holding such festival must continue even in the upcoming years with more production, sources said.