Mango fair in Kolkata attracting crowds

June 13th, 2009 - 1:15 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, June 13 (IANS) Luscious varieties of mangoes grown in West Bengal like the Himsagar, Langra and Fajli are being showcased at the three-day Mango Mahotsava fair here that is attracting crowds.
The fair, which was inaugurated Friday, is being organised on a grand scale this time unlike earlier years.

“The fair will help the producers increase their income and help in employment generation,” Mohanta Chatterjee, West Bengal minister-in-charge of Department of Food Processing and Horticulture, told IANS.

Chatterjee said that it is important that mango growers learn about the new technologies of farming to produce quality fruit.

“The fair showcases various kinds of mangoes that are grown in the state. Mangoes have a rich heritage and have demand from international countries,” she said.

Seminars, buyer-seller meets and other events have been planned during the fair.

Though India is the largest producer of mangoes in the world, it accounts for less than one percent of the global mango trade.

Chatterjee said the fair would help make mango growers aware of the changing demands and also give them ideas on how to make the fruit better and increase production.

The state government with the help of the centre, Agriculture and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), Agri Horticultural Society of India, National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard) has organised the festival.

Two districts of West Bengal - Malda and Murshidabad - are famous for mangoes. But this year production was hit due to the storm during the budding season and also due to Cyclone Aila that hit the state last month.

Aila is said to have ruined mango produce worth Rs.180 million.

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