Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Mainam Garden bags three first prizes

SARAMSA, March 16: Mainam Garden, South Sikkim bagged first prizes in three different categories including the ‘international category (cymbidium)’ at the first International Flower Show held here at Saramsa Garden in East Sikkim.
The second and third prizes in the ‘international category (cymbidium)’ were won by Chanp Guras, South Sikkim and Tek Chandra Nursery, South Sikkim respectively
In the ‘best orchid category’, Mainam came first followed by Hidden Forest, Sichey and Munam Nursery, South Sikkim in second and third positions respectively.
Mainam Garden also took the first place in the ‘best seasonal flowers category’ while Seven Hills, Phalidara, South Sikkim and Indira Subba, Chalamthang, East Sikkim bagged second and third prizes respectively.
In the ‘national category (cymbidium)’, Daisyland Nursery, South Sikkim took the first prize leaving the second and third prizes for Hills Nursery, South Sikkim and Sikkim Orchid Private Limited, South Sikkim.
Nagaland managed to win the ‘best stall north east category’ in first position; Mizoram secured position and Arunachal Pradesh in third position.
In the ‘best Vegetable grower’s category,’ DP Sapkota of Chota Singtam East Sikkim won the first prize followed by Purna Bahadur Sapkota, Ranka in second position and Triptis Farmers Club, Tintek, East Sikkim in third positions.
The award comprising of a cash award and a citation were given away by the Governor and Chief Minister of Sikkim.


Statesman News Service
GANGTOK, March 17: Nearly more than 50,000 people thronged Saramsa garden about 15 km from Gangtok for ‘International Flori Show 2008’ on its last day today.
Not only tourists but also visitors from neighbouring Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Mirik rushed to the Samsara gardens on the last day of the show. The visitors were enthralled with a variety of flowers displayed at the gardens. “Cymbidium orchid is one of my favourite flowers and I am almost speechless at the sight of 300 varieties of the same orchid displayed here but it’s quite expensive to buy,” said Ms Priyanka Gurung a visitor from Mirik.
However, the results of the show were declared yesterday evening. Mainam Garden secured the first position, Chaap Guras came second and Tek Chandra Nursery secured the third position in the Cymbidium Orchid international category and won Rs 5 lakh, Rs 3 lakh and Rs 2 lakh respectively. In the national category, Daisy Land Nursery came first, Seven Hill Nursery secured the second position and Sikkim Orchid Pvt. Ltd came third and won Rs 3 lakh, Rs 2 lakh and Rs 1 lakh respectively.
Nagaland secured the first position in the best stall in Northeast category, Mizoram came second and Arunachal Pradesh finished third and won Rs 2.5 lakh, Rs 1.5 lakh and Rs 1 lakh respectively.
The prizes were distributed through state Governor Mr Sudarshan Agarwal who was the chief guest of the show. “We want to make Sikkim a flower state so that the public vehicles can communicate the message by writing “Sikkim Flower State” as a slogan or as a good message to the visitors” said Governor Mr Agarwal. “This is the right opportunity for farmers to market their vegetables” he added.
In vegetable category Mr DP Sapkota became first, Mr Purna Bahadur Kalikotey came second and Tripti Farmer Club finished third and won Rs 1.5 lakh, Rs 1 lakh and Rs 50,000 respectively.