Nestled between the borders of Manipur and Nagaland lies the land of the Mao ( Naga), some 30 km away from the Nagaland state capital Kohima. A land blessed with rich varieties of flora and fauna , with pristine surroundings , a beautiful atmosphere and a rich history of cultures and traditions drawn heavily from nature. With favourable climatic conditions and growing prospects of floriculture and horticulture, Mao district with rich horticultural produces once again geared up to be a centre for rich variety of flowers, fruits and vegetables, the 3rd flower festival cum Manipur 1st Cherry blossom festival under the theme “celebrating nature’s abundance” was held at Mao gate in Manipur from 26th -28th November 2017. The site at Mao gate was beautifully decked with Cherry blossoms, innovative decor and floral arrangements.
The event was graced by chief minister of Manipur N. Biren Singh as the chief guest, and his Council of Ministers also took part in the festival as Chief Guest, Guest of Honours and President respectively. At the inaugural Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh said that politicians should refrain from playing politics at the cost of human lives because human life is precious.
Speaking as Chief Guest of the function, Chief Minister said that we follow different religions, cultures, traditions however we are all human beings after all. Mentioning the unfateful incident happened in 2010 at Mao gate and the previous misunderstandings among the communities in the State, Chief Minister said that we should not let it happen again in future and we should stand united from the division created by politics and religions.
He stated that the priority of the new government is to bring inclusive development in the State, Chief Minister said that around 39 MOUs has been signed between the Government and Business Investors, Entrepreneurs etc. in the recently concluded NEDS 2017 held at Imphal. The people living in the remotest part of the State would be benefited from the MOUs being singed in NEDS2017, he added. Acknowledging Makhel as a historic place of the State, Chief Minister said that the Government would set up a Heritage Centre at Makhel. He further announced that the Flower Festival cum Manipur Cherry Blossom Festival will be a part of the Manipur Sangai Festival from 2018 and would construct permanent structures at Kayinu Village (Flower Festival Site) after discussions with Architects, Mao Council, organisers of Cherry Blosom Festival and Tourism Department.
The festival attracted thousands of flowers lovers from different parts of the state and neighbouring state. Around 100 flower stalls were put up, where a variety of succulents, orchids and many more numbering to around 60-70 variety of flowers species were displayed. Adding to the attraction of the festival, the fresh and green organic vegetables stalls and fruits were also exhibited. The festival also incorporated many activities like trekking, cycling, musical night and numerous competitions. According to members of Mao flower growers’ association, around 100 flower growers participated the competition with around 60-70 different flowers’ species. Members also informed that many housewives and flowers growers are generating good income through flowers and exporting to various parts of the state, neighbouring states and outside Notheast states.
The event was organised by Mao Flower Growers’ Association and District Administration, Senapati in association with Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development (ISBD) Government of India, Indian Council for Cultural Relation (ICCR), Government of India, Horticulture & Soil Conservation (GoM), Tourism Department (GoM), Trade & Commerce (GoM), Public Health Engineering Department (GoM). The festival was also supported by the Mao Council.