The second edition of the mega agricultural and horticultural fair hosted by Calicut University will begin at the Kohinoor grounds on the National Highway 17 on Thursday.
The 10-day fair will have 150-odd stalls with the aim of reaching out to the common man through infotainment. Apart from the different departments of the university, various government departments and public sector units too will have pavilions at the fair.
The agricultural stalls will underscore achieving food security through cultivation. Various agricultural implements too will be on display. The Departments of Fashion Designing, Lifelong Learning, Health Science, Food Science, Folklore, Publication, and Botany will present a wide variety of collections they have.
Stalls will be set up by the Kerala Agricultural University, Agricultural Research Station at Anakkayam, Farm Information Bureau, Horticorp, Kerala Soaps and Oils, and Kerala Forest Research Institute. A Fire and Safety stall will have the modern firefighting equipment on display. The organisers said demonstrations using electronic flame would be a unique attraction of the stall.
There would be sections for solar panels, inverters, fertilizers, bio-fertilizers, agricultural implements, health equipment, home appliances, Kudumbasree products, textiles, fancy products, furniture, toys, earthen vessels, and ornamental fish.
There will be cultural programmes on all evenings. Musical evenings will have noted playback singers, comedians and dancers to entertain the crowds. There will be an hour-long ‘smart children show’ at 5 p.m. on all days for school children. There will also be competitions for the public every day.
Competitions will be held in health drink preparation, glass painting, flower decoration, fabric painting, fruit and vegetable carving, cooking without the use of flame, traditional cooking, chocolate making, henna designing, payasam making, and pot designing. For details, the organisers can be contacted on 9447354909.
There will also be a food festival at the fair, in which the delicacies of different regions will be available. Free medical camps will also be held, said K.V. Mohanan, general convener of the fair.
Vice Chancellor M. Abdul Salam will inaugurate the fair on Thursday evening.
10-day fair being organised by Calicut University will have 150-odd stalls.