It is the season to savour the different varieties of mangoes and jackfruits. To help citizens buy organic fruits directly from the farmers, the department of horticulture has organised the annual mango and jackfruit mela.
The mela that will be held at Lalbagh from May 29 to June 26 is set to be inaugurated by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. The mela, apart from having nearly 100 stalls, will also have an exhibition of varieties of mangoes.
M. Kamalakshi Rajanna, chairperson of Karnataka State Mango Development and Marketing Corporation, said that the aim was to take the carbide-free fruits directly to consumers without the involvement of middlemen.
Despite the vagaries of weather, the State expects the production of the mangoes to reach around 7 lakh tonnes this year, though the yield has reduced by 20 to 30 per cent compared to the previous year, she said.
“The corporation aims to help growers adopt a scientific approach for cultivation and reduce the risks for traders in export. A specialised team of experts has been formed to explore the opportunities in the global market and improve the standards of the fruits,” Ms. Rajanna added.
Mango and Jackfruit Mela
When: From May 29 to June 26
Between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Varieties of mangoes: Alphonso, Badami, Baganapalli, Raspuri, Mallika, Sindhura, Malagoa, Thothapuri, Neelam, Amrapali, Kesar
Source : The Hindu