‘Pungzm’, the millet festival concludes

LONGDING, Feb 6: Three days long Pungzm, a millet festival organized by the Wancho Cultural Society(WCS), in collaboration with the NERCORMP under the sponsorship of NEC, Shillong, GoI concluded here on Sunday last.
MLA Thangwang Wangham, who had inaugurated the festival, said that millet has been the main crop of the Wanchos since time immemorial and urged the WCS and NERCORMP to continue to work on it for improvement of its quality.
Earlier, WCS president Manhang Loham said “millet has been the staple cereal of the Wancho tribe since ages but due to lack of knowledge about the price and nutritional values many farmers are abandoning its production.”
During the festival, stalls of local cuisines of variety of millets were installed, wherein taste workshops on millet products, and seminars were conducted.