Staff Reporter

Exhibitions to be organised in select districts

  • India accounts for half of the mango produce in the world
  • Exhibition in the city has 148 varieties of the fruit
  • BANGALORE: The Horticulture Department will organise mango exhibitions and sale in select districts on the lines of the one being organised in Bangalore from next year, said Horticulture Director G.K. Vasantha Kumar. He was presiding over a function to distribute awards to exhibitors at the mango exhibition in Lal Bagh here on Monday.

    Though participation of growers cultivating export-quality mangoes has not been encouraging in Bangalore exhibition, the department intends to disseminate the information across the State, particularly in the mango-growing belts. From three exhibitors in 2003, the number of cultivators participating in the show has risen to 76 this year.

    Mr. Kumar noted that though India accounts for half of the mango produce in the world, its marketing and export has not been that effective. This is because of the conventional and historical reasons as mango is cultivated primarily for domestic consumption.

    Criticising cultivators' habit of leasing mangoes while they still on the tree, plucking of fruits by contractors before they ripen and using chemicals to give mangoes colour, he said all this have deprived consumers the real taste of mango fruits. The cultivators instead should adopt high-density crop model and grow mangoes according to market requirements.

    P.G. Chengappa, Vice-Chancellor, University of Agricultural Sciences, said farmers should press for the amendment to the Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee Act to get better price for their products. If private players are allowed into agricultural markets, farmers are bound to get better prices and facilities to preserve their produce, he noted.

    148 varieties

    The exhibition, which began on June 1 and will culminate on June 16, has 148 varieties of mangoes from 29 farmers, besides mangoes from institutes and universities, mango saplings and finished products.