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Khadi Board Minister K. Ramachandran (second left) going round the Vegetable Show in Kotagiri on Saturday. —
Khadi Board Minister K. Ramachandran (second left) going round the Vegetable Show in Kotagiri on Saturday. —

D.Radhakrishnan

Visitors were able to view tasty and nutritious farm produce from a new angle

Udhagamandalam: The two-day 3rd Vegetable Show got underway at the Nehru Park on Saturday. Khadi Board Minister K.Ramachandran inaugurated it.

Among those present were the Nilgiris Collector Archana Patnaik, the Coonoor MLA A.Soundarapandian and the Joint Director of Horticulture C.Israil.

Though the season is at its fag end in the Blue Mountains there is a steady inflow of tourists. As a result, the flow of visitors to the Nehru Park was continuous.

The weather also was show- and visitor-friendly.

Since the show has, within a short time of two years, built up a formidable reputation, the organizers had worked overtime to ensure that it remained intact.

Making the most of the limited open space available in the park which extends over just two acres, the organizers have exhibited their ingenuity and talent.

In the process they have made the visitors view the tasty and nutritious vegetables from yet another complimentary angle.

Mr.Israil told The Hindu that a lot of planning had gone into the organization of the show.

Mr.Ramachandran observed “It is getting better every year.”

A rangoli made of yellow, green and red capsicums just beyond the threshold not only attracted the visitors but also motivated farmers.

While a Toda hut made of vegetables like carrots and cauliflowers was the main attraction, a vegetable wheel and an interesting display of vegetable carvings vied with each other in catching one's eye.

A simple but elegant arch made of vegetables ushered in visitors.

While the message conveyed in the competition section was “Grow and eat more vegetables”, a stall put up by the Nilgiri Documentation Centre drew the attention of the people to the significant contribution of John Sullivan, the founder of Ooty, in the introduction and promotion of various kinds of vegetables in this hill station.

Some of the visitors including tourists and residents who were interviewed said that the Vegetable Show will rank high in the popularity ratings.

The Assistant Director of Horticulture in charge of the Nehru Park N.Mani said that the conditions had been conducive for adding new features and making the show more attractive.

On Sunday rolling trophies and cups apart from cash prizes would be distributed.

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