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Mango exhibition offers treat to fruit lovers in Tamil Nadu's Krishnagiri District


June 26, 2012 - Krishnagiri

An All India Mango Exhibition is offering fruit lovers a treat here.

Agriculture Minister S. Damodaran and Minister for Municipal Administration and Rural Development K.P. Munusamy inaugurated the 21-day event in Tamil Nadu's Krishnagiri district.

Around 24 varieties of mouth-watering mangoes were displayed at 120 stalls at the exhibition that began on Monday.

Periyasamy, a joint director of the state horticulture department, praised the efforts of the state government, saying the exhibition would boost mango production in the state.

"To improve the mango production we are having central funded schemes. We are having area expansion to improve the quality and production. We are receiving lot of funds from the central and government of Tamil Nadu. We are utilizing 20 percent of the funds to improve the quality and production of mango. Not only in fruits and all other items such as vegetables and flowers we are also number one in Tamil Nadu," said Periyasamy.

Visitors appreciated the wide variety of mangoes displayed at the exhibition.

"We have come here to see such wide variety of mangoes. This exhibition is organised since 20 years and varieties of mangoes are displayed at the exhibition to attract a large number of people," said Anitha, a visitor.

Mango eating competition and quiz were also organised and hordes of visitors including children participated in the competition. The exhibition also provided a platform for orchard owners to reach out to prospective buyers.

India produces more than half the world's mangoes but exports only a tiny portion of it.

Mango, often called the king of fruits and India's main summer fruit crop, is grown across the country, and its harvest too is spread out.

Arrivals from southern and western parts of the country hit the market mainly in April-May, while harvest in the north starts May-end and runs till mid July.

Alphonso, Banganapalli, Kesar, Langra, Chausa, Mallika and Dussheri are the most popular varieties from across the country, and their prices vary.

In summer arrivals of apples, oranges and grapes go down while watermelon and mango replaces them.

ANI

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