Mango mela at Kuppanna Park to be bigger this year

Mysuru will be hosting a mango mela at Kuppanna Park, bringing growers from various districts at one place.

Mysuru will be hosting a mango mela at Kuppanna Park, bringing growers from various districts at one place.  

Growers to meet Horticulture Department officials today to finalise the date; only naturally ripened fruits to be supplied to the mela

This year’s mango mela will for the first time be held at Kuppanna Park instead of Curzon Park, because of the former’s size, parking space and other facilities.

Growers from several districts across the State are expected to participate. The date of the annual mela is yet to be finalised. This is likely to be done today as the Department of Horticulture has convened a meeting with the growers. In all probability, the mela is likely to be organised in the first week of June.

Despite a drop in the yield by about 25-30% this year, authorities were making efforts to bring in growers from other districts and put up many stalls to help mango enthusiasts access various varieties under one roof.

Assistant Director of Horticulture Habeeba told The Hindu that the mela had attracted many growers last year and about 18 stalls had been put up exhibiting and selling varieties including Raspuri, Badam, Malgoa, Baganpalli, Mallika, Alphonso, Kesar, and others.

She said the venue of the mela will be shifted to Kuppanna Park from Curzon Park to accommodate more stalls and growers. “It all depends on the response we get from growers whom we are meeting on Tuesday on making it successful. We have invited growers from other districts, including Kolar, to bring in their produce. We are hoping to turn it into a big event,” she added.

Reiterating that the fruits at the mela would be naturally ripened and also organic, the authorities said the previous melas had stressed on this issue and educated the growers on safe methods of ripening the fruits. Ms. Habeeba said the yield was likely to fall this year compared to last year because of the recent rains and heavy wind. This resulted in fruit dropping, she said, adding that such a phenomenon had been noticed even in mango-growing districts like Kolar and Chickballapur.

Programme for farmers

Meanwhile, the department has organised a programme to sensitise farmers on safe methods of ripening mangoes at Curzon Park here on Tuesday. The programme will start at 11.30 a.m. and farmers from the district had been invited to explain the methods with a demonstration.

Using ethylene oxide for ripening fruits is considered safe and will be highlighted at the mela, she said. Mangoes ripened using calcium carbide are harmful and such fruits taste sour since the pulp remains unripe. Naturally-ripened mango varieties that have wide acceptance are permitted at the mela. In fact, during one of the melas here, a committee comprising scientists from the College of Horticulture, Mysuru, and horticulture experts have been constituted to ensure that chemically-ripened mangoes were not supplied at the mela.

The first mango mela here was held in 2012.

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