9th June, 2019, New Delhi
The ICAR-Indian Institute of Horticulture Research, Bengaluru displayed the exuberant Varietal Diversity of South India Mangoes at the National Agricultural Science Centre Complex, New Delhi today.
The extravaganza was inaugurated by Dr. A.K. Singh, DDG (Horticulture Sciences), ICAR, New Delhi.
Dr. Mahammed Ariz Ahammed, I.A.S., Managing Director, National Horticulture Board; Dr. B.N.S. Murthy, Horticulture Commissioner, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare; Dr. T. Janakiram, ADG (Horticulture Sciences), ICAR, New Delhi along with other dignitaries also marked their presence during the fiesta.
During the fiesta, a plethora of fragrant varieties of the king of fruits - Mango were displayed that succeeded in attracting and captivating considerably a large number of visitors to peep towards the venue. The extravaganza marked the display of around 150 South Indian mouth-watering exuberant varieties of mangoes that included the commercial varieties, juicy varieties, pickle varieties, colored varieties, polyembryonic varieties and hybrids. The occasion provided the Mango lovers a perfect chance to taste one of the finest qualities of Mangoes and satisfy their taste buds.
A unique pickling Mango variety known “Appemidi”, a well-known variety for preparing pickles found in Sirsi, Sagara, Kumtah and Honnavara areas of Karnataka was also displayed for the visitors during the fiesta.
Although, the summer season kick starts the farming of various delicious fruits, but Mango, the King of all Fruits, retains its utter most value and taste and remains the most favorite fruit of all hearts.
The Mango (Mangifera indica L.), being the most important and choicest fruit crop in India, inherits the socio-economic significance too. In India, the seven recognized mango diversity centers have recorded more than 1,000 varieties of the fruit. The ICAR-IIHR, being the NAGS centre has been conserving more than 750 genotypes of mango including 6 different Mangifera species (M.indica, M.andamanica, M. zeylanica, M. griffitthii, M. odorata and M. camptosperma) in the field gene bank.
The ICAR-IIHR is working on the genetic resources collection and conservation and also the promotion of custodian farmers across the country. The Institute is already successful in collecting more than 300 germplasm of mango from the Western Ghats of Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu and also from Chittor District of Andhra Pradesh with the help of Bioversity International. The ICAR-IIHR has helped several custodian farmers for registering their varieties with PPVFRA.
Adding more feathers to the joys of the visitors and, of course, the lovers of Mango; a separate section showcased the value-added products of mango. The distribution of cut mango fruits of South Indian mango varieties, such as, Banganapalli, Rasapuri, Mulgoa, Himam Pasand and Arka Udaya for taste among the visitors and mango lovers added to their joy during the show.
(Source: Horticulture Division, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi)