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INDIA : Mangoes along the Mandovi draw curious glances

TNN | May 8, 2015, 02.00 PM IST

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Nida Sayed

Along the banks of the River Mandovi, ripe golden-yellow mangoes sitting pretty along the promenade of Dayanand Bandodkar Marg in Panaji are attracting a sea of curious glances.

 The mangoes are on display for the 11th annual Konkan fruit festival and the second annual Goa mango festival being held in tandem.

Approximately 700 people have registered for the competition bringing to the forefront more than 30 varieties of mangoes like Mancurad, Xavier, Malgessa, Kesar, Pairi, Ghotta, Bisma and Alphonso. 

Some exotic varieties like Tom Atkins, a mango from Florida, and Husn-e-ara, a Lucknow variety, have also made it to the stalls. 

"Monoculture is not good. There is very little awareness about the types of mangoes among Goan farmers. Events like these expose them to a diverse range of mangoes that can be cultivated in the state," says deputy director, directorate of agriculture, Ulhas Pai Kakode.

Hosted by the directorate of agriculture, the Goa mango festival and the Konkan fruit festival, a collaborative effort facilitated by the Botanical Society of Goa, is featuring mango-based competitions and displays at the venue.

These include varieties of mangoes and their by-products, fruits other than mangoes and mango carvings. A range of pickles, jams, juices, wines, cakes and puddings made from mangoes are also lining up stalls. The highlight of the stall was a rare mango vinegar on display.

Miguel Braganca from the Botanical Society of Goa says, "This event will help people learn how each fruit can contribute to people's health. Additionally, awareness workshops are being held for farmers. If mangoes are grown organically, then their flavour, aroma and pulp is much better. This will help farmers sell them better."

The inauguration of the event was done at the hands of minister for agriculture Ramesh Tawadkar on Friday evening wherein he cut a ribbon fashioned out of mango leaves. This was followed by live music from Rui Lobo's Panjim Open Philharmonic group. 

The event is being held along the promenade until May 10.

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It has considerable shelf life of a week after it is ripe making it exportable. 

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After careful analysis of the fossil of the mango leaf and leaves of modern plants, the BISP scientist found many of the fossil leaf characters to be similar to mangifera.

An extensive study of the anatomy and morphology of several modern-day species of the genus mangifera with the fossil samples had reinforced the concept that its centre of origin is Northeast India, from where it spread into neighbouring areas, says Dr. Mehrotra. 

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However, the good news for fruit lovers is that this could see price of mangoes across varieties decrease marginally by 2-3%. This is mainly on account of 'import' of the fruit from other mango-growing states in India, said M Kamalakshi Rajanna, chairperson, Karnataka State Mango Development and Marketing Corporation Ltd.

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