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Hopcoms mela epitomises summer’s flavours

Last chance:The Mango and Jackfruit Mela was inaugurated by Minister for Horticulture Shamanur Shivashankarappa in Bangalore on Thursday.— Photo: K. Gopinathan
Last chance:The Mango and Jackfruit Mela was inaugurated by Minister for Horticulture Shamanur Shivashankarappa in Bangalore on Thursday.— Photo: K. Gopinathan

Before the curtains come down on this year’s mango and jackfruit season, here’s your last chance to get cosy with the two flavours of summer.

The Mango and Jackfruit Mela was inaugurated on Thursday at the Horticulture Producers’ Cooperative Marketing and Processing Society Ltd. (Hopcome) at Hudson Circle here. The mela aims to provide better marketing services to farmers and quality fruit to consumers. Produce from over 30 districts in the State will be sold here.

The mela will soon be extended to over 250 Hopcoms outlets in the city, including special mobile outlets in H.S.R. Layout, Kengeri Satellite Town, Arekere Layout, J.P. Nagar, Mathikere, Sundar Nagar Layout and other outlets, depending on demand, officials explained.

Shamanur Shivashankarappa, Minister for Horticulture and Agricultural Produce Marketing Committees, who inaugurated the mela, told presspersons that he hoped the event would benefit both farmers and consumers.

The mela intends to market over 1,500 metric tonnes of mangoes and over 200 tonnes of jackfruit.

Consumers will find a broad variety of mangoes at Hopcoms outlets, including Badami, Malgoa, Mallika and Benganapalli, at discounted prices, officials here said.

Shankaralinge Gowda, Principal Secretary, Horticulture Department, said: “Farmers participate actively in this mela because of the various advantages it holds for them. We are encouraging people to take part in it because of its special features and reasonable prices.”

While the present mango season is defined as an ‘off’ year, officials expect a gross production of 2.5 lakh metric tonnes.

Officials said the mela motivates farmers to grow quality mangoes and educates them in ripening mangoes through ethylene

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