History

The name of the district Phek is derived from the word “Phekrekedze” meaning watch tower. Phek was a sub-Division under Kohima District, looked after by an additional Deputy Commissioner with effect from 1957 till it was upgraded to a full – fledged District on 21 Dec. 1973. The District is in inhabited by three major tribes, the Kheza, the chokhri, the Pochury. There are atleast five linguistics group in the District, namely the Chokri, the Khezha, the Pochury, the Sapu, and the Semas.

The summers are moderately warm with the average temperature being 27 °C without exceeding 32 °C. Monsoon starts towards the end of May, and is over by the end of September. Winters are cold with the temperature dropping to 0 °C in the coldest months of January and February. The average annual rainfall is 1,527mm.

Agriculture is the main occupation in the District. Jhum cultivation and Terrace Rice Cultivation (TRC) is predominant. The main crops are Rice, Maize, Millets, etc. Besides agriculture varieties of vegetables are found in the district and also engage in salt making (in Meluri area), paddy cum fish rearing, making fruit juice etc. The people are expert craftsmen, excellent in making pots, baskets, sculptures, furniture etc.

The summers are moderately warm with the average temperature being 27 °C without exceeding 32 °C. Monsoon starts towards the end of May, and is over by the end of September. Winters are cold with the temperature dropping to 0 °C in the coldest months of January and February. The average annual rainfall is 1,527mm.

Agriculture is the main occupation in the District. Jhum cultivation and Terrace Rice Cultivation (TRC) is predominant. The main crops are Rice, Maize, Millets, etc. Besides agriculture varieties of vegetables are found in the district and also engage in salt making (in Meluri area), paddy cum fish rearing, making fruit juice etc. The people are expert craftsmen, excellent in making pots, baskets, sculptures, furniture etc.