Naturally ripened mangoes grown in certified organic orchards have arrived in the city, much to the delight of mango lovers.

Organic varieties Badami, Raspuri, Mallika and Banganapalli, sourced from Hospet in Bellary, have been brought by the Jaivik Krishik Society for the organic mango mela. The mela was inaugurated by nutritionist H.S. Prema at Jaivik Krishik Mall in Lalbagh Botanical Gardens on Thursday. Additional Director of the horticulture Department K. Ramakrishnappa was present

Over 1.5 tonnes of organic mangoes are on sale at the mela. Traditional favourites Alphonso, Sendura and Daseri are expected to arrive in the coming weeks. While Raspuri and Banganapalli are sold at Rs. 80 per kg, Mallika and Badami are priced at Rs. 90 and Rs. 120 a kg respectively. “We procure mangoes from certified organic orchards to ensure quality. No fertilizers or pesticides are used in the production,” said G.U. Harish, manager of Jaivik Krishi Mall. The price of organic mangoes has increased by 20-30 per cent over the last year, he added.

Organic mangoes are produced through natural farming practices and bio inputs. Besides, fruits are ripened using fresh paddy straw, which helps retain the taste and nutrients. Though organic mangoes cost more, farmers get a high percentage of the price and the society keeps about 15 per cent as handling charge, Mr. Harish said.

Organic mangoes are being sold in Jaivik malls at AECS Layout in Ashwathnagar; MEG Layout in Nandini Layout; and Banashankari 2nd Stage. Call 9986083656.

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