The second Chengu (Great Barbet) festival organised by Tizu Valley Biodiversity Conservation and Livelihood Network (TVBCLN) was celebrated at Kivikhu village under Zünheboto district on November 22.
The event was graced by minister of Agriculture and Co-operation, G. Kaito Aye as special guest.
TVBCLN consists of three villages namely Sukhai, Ghukhuyi and Kivikhu.
According to media cell of TVBCLN, the minister lauded the sincere efforts of TVBCLN in conservation of natural resources and continued to carry on with their efforts by acquiring more knowledge and educate and encourage other neighbouring villages.
He promised to extend all possible support in his capacity to carry forward the initiative taken by the three villages.
On the occasion, Kaito also released two Chengu birds which were rescued by TVBCLN members from the hunters.
Earlier, in the programme, IFS CCF and member secretary NSBB, Supongnukshi Ao gave a talk on sustainable use of biological resources while short speech was delivered by DFO Zünheboto, Raj Kumar M. In the cultural session, several cultural items such as such as “Ami Kukula”, tug of war, war dance and spear kicking by the three villages of Kivikhu, Ghukhuyi and Sukhai were displayed. Free medical camp was also conducted by the medical department, veterinary department and ATMA during the festival.
The name of the festival draws its significance from the fact that the great barbet has since time immemorial had strong cultural attachment to the community in the area.
The main concept of the festival was to create mass awareness campaign on the importance of biodiversity and its conservation.