Monday, December 5, 2022

Flower festival underway at Sechü-Zubza


Second annual flower festival organised by Sechu-Zubza Youth Organization (SZYO) in collaboration with the Department of Horticulture, Nagaland began Thursday by the roadside on NH-29. The festival will culminate on December 20.
The festival aims to encourage growers to showcase their flowers and provide them a platform to market their flowers. Altogether 28 makeshift stalls have been set up along the roadside showcasing varieties of flowers and green plants including poinsettia, chrysanthemum and dried flowers.
Inaugurating the flower festival, commissioner and secretary, horticulture and women development, Anenla Sato said Zubza could become the next floriculture hub and urged the flower growers to venture into bigger platforms. She encouraged the growers to take up floriculture as a profession and venture into commercial sector. She also briefed them on the benefits of selling flowers commercially.
Assistant soil conservation officer, Zuchumi Ovung highlighted the lack of resources for floriculture sector in the state as well as the country. She said there was huge need for different varieties of flowers, which would also open “financial doors” for the flower lovers and generate year-round income for the flower community.
Ovung also spoke on the climatic conditions of Sechu-Zubza which was suitable for production of numerous agricultural and horticultural crops, including flowers. However, she lamented that no effort had been made to exploit the tremendous potential.
The inaugural programme was led by SZYO, vice president Kevirhebi Mor, invocation was said by Neiketulie Medoze from Sechü Zubza Baptist Church, greetings by Sechü Zubza village chairman, Khriengulie Kuotsu and vote of thanks by SZYO general secretary, Rokovisa Kielienyü.
Meanwhile, it was informed that the 45-day flower festival held in 2021 generated Rs. 45 lakhs (approximate) revenue.

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