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Mango exhibition from May 29

Bangalore May 22. An estimated yield of seven lakh to 10 lakh tonnes of mangoes is expected to this season. With such a bumper harvest of mangoes, the State's Horticultural Department plans to increase sales of the fruits through a Mango Exhibition-cum-Sale.

The event will be organised at the Glass House, Lal Bagh, from May 29 to June 4. Over 23 varieties of mangoes will be on display.

``Our intention is to prevent middlemen from taking advantage of the bumper crop and ensure that growers get a remunerative price for their produce by selling directly to consumers,'' G.K.Vasant Kumar, Director of Horticulture, said.

To be inaugurated by M.Shivanna, Horticulture Minister, and Ramalinga Reddy, Food Minister, the event is being held on such a scale for the first time in the State.

Participation is expected from mango growers of Bangalore (Urban), Bangalore (Rural), Kolar, Tumkur, Mandya, Hassan and Mysore districts. Farmers are being allotted special stalls on the HOPCOMS premises and 50 stalls will be set up at the Glass House.

Mango stalls will be set up at 12 Bangalore Mahanagara Palike parks to enable sales, according to Mr. Kumar. Farmers participating will be provided free stalls by the Department of Horticulture, he added.

A Technical Cell will be set up to provide information on mangoes. By-products of mangoes such as pickles, jelly, juice and Murabba will be sold.

There is a prize organised for the ``Best mango'' where the fruits will be judged on the criteria of appearance, taste, colour, size, uniformity, flavour and absence of pests.

The prize distribution ceremony will be held at 4.30 p.m. on May 31.

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