Autumn Shower flower show held at Purul

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IMPHAL, Sept 30: A two-day Autumn Shower – a mega flower show was held at the picturesque hamlet Purul, about 105 km towards north east of Imphal in Manipur’s Senapati district from September 29-30.

The flower show held with the theme “Home to Cosmos” was organised by Eco-Tourism Me, a non-governmental organisation under the sponsorship of Horticulture and Soil Conservation Department.

Manipur’s Horticulture and Soil Conservation minister Thounaojam Shyamkumar; director (HRD& E), NEC, Shillong, Kh Siile Anthony; former Karong MLA, PS Henry Paotei; Rev Father Thaikho Simon; officials of Horticulture Department and locals attended the function.

Lauding the villagers of promoting floriculture in a peaceful place like Purul village which has produced many distinguished personalities, minister Shyamkumar promised to fulfil most of the demands submitted by the Eco-Tourism Me. The demands include constructions of hi-tech green house (5 numbers), rural market for floriculture, pack houses for saplings (5 numbers), green house (5 numbers), shade net (10), vermicompost (5) and high yielding varieties of flowers.

Horticulture and Soil Conservation minister announced that his department will soon sanction Rs 12 lakh for the demand of construction of a rural market (market shed) for floriculture, Rs 6 lakh will be given as the first instalment. Stating that the demand for construction of hi-tech green house depends on stock availability, he agreed for the construction of pack houses for saplings.

For the demand of construction of the green house, he said his department will sanction some and others would take time. He also agreed to provide vermicompost, saying that it is very necessary. Stating that he would consult with chief minister for the construction of guest house for Purul Union, Th. Shyamkumar said that Forest Department too can plan for the construction of guest house for the department officials.

He said the Horticulture and Soil Conservation Department will explore ways to improve the economy of the locals. He said the villagers will be encouraged to plant flowers such as Lilium, Gladiolus, Alstreomeria, Orchid which are climatically best suitable to the area, located 19 kms from Maram.

He said the Forest Department will soon provide cooking gas free of cost to the villagers of Purul as a step to stop cutting of trees. Lauding the villagers for showing keen interest to save the environment, he said the cooking gas will be given under the scheme of his department, he added.

Various entertainment programmes enthralled the crowd during the two days flower show wherein around 50 flower stalls displayed beautiful flowers both endemic and exotic varieties during the exhibition cum sales.

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