Imphal, August 9: Screening cum rehearsal for Miss Pineapple Queen to be held as part of the seventh edition of Manipur Pineapple festival was held at Manipur press Club today.
Around 26 aspiring contestants of the state took part in the screening session of Miss Pineapple to be held under the theme ‘Beauty for Grassroots Development’.
The Manipur Pineapple Festival Committee, Manipur is organizing the 7thState Level Manipur Pineapple Festival on August 22 & 23, 2014 at Sendra in Bishnupur District of Manipur. The festival has been organized successfully since 2008 with the objective of promoting pineapple as a viable cash crops in Manipur. Taking into account the fact that pineapple is the largest fruits produced in Manipur, and the fact that the fruit is being cultivated since the 17th century in Manipur, the Committee has consistently advocated for declaring Pineapple as the State Fruit, against the backdrop of historical standing.
The first day of the festival will comprises event such as Manipur Pineapple Show Contest, Farmers Seminar and Free Medical Campaign for farmers. Like the previous years, the Manipur Pineapple Show Contest, aimed at promoting production of healthy pineapple will be examined in details by experts from concerned department. Three best pineapple farmers will be awarded Rs. 60, 000.00, Rs.40,000.00 and Rs 30, 000 respectively.
The second day of the festival will be devoted for celebration, which will be marked by the Manipur Pineapple Queen contest on the theme ‘Beauty for Grassroots Development’. Miss Pineapple winner would be awarded a cash prize of Rs.50,000 while Rs.40,000 and Rs.30,000 are set for First Runners up and second runners up. There will be five sub-titles carrying a cash prize of Rs 5,000 each.
Aimed at making Manipur, the pineapple capital of India, the second day of the festival will witness World Largest Pineapple Eating Session, an attempt for entry into the books of World Records. The Manipur Pineapple Festival Committee, Manipur is expecting a minimum of ten thousand people to take part in making Manipur entry into the club of World Records holders.