Kohima, March 11 (NEx): The 12th edition of Biodiversity Festival organized by Northeast Network (NEN) was held at Pathso Nokeng village, Noklak, on Wednesday, under the theme ‘Strengthening indigenous knowledge and practices for a sustainable future’, with SP Noklak, Dr. Pritpal Kaur Batra, IPS, as the Guest speaker.
The guest speaker, Dr. Pritpal Kaur inaugurated the exhibition for handicrafts, seeds, foods and various vegetables at the festival and encouraged all the farmers not only to preserve their indigenous knowledge, customs and traditions but also learn scientific methods to preserve their valuable resources and lead for sustainability in near future with scientific way for agriculture and farming. She also briefed about Biodiversity Act and Biodiversity management committee which helps in providing legal channels to preserve ones traditional resources of farming.
Meanwhile, honorary Member NEN, Seno Tsuhah, in her keynote address said that community orientation is required to preserve indigenous knowledge and farming methods and encouraged to focus on improving the jhum cultivation and for more scientific techniques of farming.
EAC of Panso, Changsang Soted, explained on biodiversity significance, tourism potential and ecosystems while KMH President, Niukai expressed the need to maintain balance of natural resources with human resource needs.
Later, everyone visited the seed bank of Pathso Nokeng where almost all seeds are preserved for future use and a community granary maintained to help villagers for food requirements in case of any calamity and emergency.
The program was chaired by Pongsa Lamthew from NEN, Lengnyu village said the opening prayer and vote of thanks was read by Vilazonuo from NEN.