Flower and fruit show in Shimoga evokes good response

Hybrid vegetables and fruits of unusual size were the major attractions at the flower and fruit show in Shimoga on Sunday.— Photo: VAIDYA  

The three-day flower and fruit show being held under the aegis of Department of Horticulture at Mahatma Gandhi Park has evoked good response. The exhibition will conclude on Monday.

The cultivation of decorative flowers such as gerbera, gladiolus, gypsophila, oriental lily has become popular in Malnad in recent times. The climate in Malnad region is conducive for floriculture. The exotic varieties of flower cultivated by farmers of Malnad region were displayed at the event. The replica of stag, peacock, human heart, elephant made from the flowers, crocodile designed from bitter gourd, the images of Swami Vivekananda, and Ganesh carved out of water melon fruit were appreciated by visitors. The bonsais cultivated by Chandrakala S.V. and Shobha Ravikumar were on display at the event.

With the objective to create awareness among people on breeding ornamental fish, the Department of Fisheries had setup a stall. The charts on benefits of adopting system of rice intensification (SRI) method of cultivation of paddy that is best-suited for regions where the availability of water is less were on display at the stall of the Department of Agriculture. The diverse varieties of banana, areca cultivated in Malnad region, the minor forest produce such as chinnikai , amatekai , jaikai , and soapnut were put on display.

Krishna, an artiste from Nandi Hills, has showcased the artefacts he had designed from the roots of trees and plants. Sanjith V., a student of Mahaveer Vidyalaya, said the flower replica of peacock was impressive. Khalander Baig, an employee of a business process outsourcing firm, told The Hindu that the exhibition was both an entertaining and an enlightening experience. The model on rainwater harvesting made from flowers, the implements related to drip irrigation, and the charts on SRI method of paddy cultivation displayed at the stall of Department of Agriculture will help the visitors understand the significance of conserving water, he said.