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The sweetest mela begins

Staff Reporter
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Large crowds descended on the Horticultural Producers Co-operative Marketing and Processing Society (HOPCOMS) outlet at Hudson Circle on the opening day of the Grape Mela here on Wednesday.

The hugely popular annual event, organised by HOPCOMS, is aimed at bringing quality grapes at discounted prices to consumers. The mela is being held at the HOPCOMS' cold storage at Hudson Circle as well as in all its 300-plus outlets across the city.

Some of the grape varieties available are Thomson Seedless, Sonaka, Sharad, Flame Seedless, Manik Chaman, Red Globe and Bangalore Blue. The grapes have been procured directly from growers in Bijapur, Bagalkot, Koppal, Kolar and Bangalore Rural districts. They will be sold in 2 kg cartons at a discount of up to 10 per cent.

Dry fruits available

Raisins, cashew nuts as well as pistachios and almonds are being sold at the outlets. The society, which is in its 52nd year, hopes to sell 690 tonnes of grapes during the mela.

It sold 438 tonnes at the 2007-08 mela, 580 tonnes the following year and 528 tonnes last year. The mela is on till the season lasts.

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