Mango and Jackfruit Diversity Fair 2018 was organized at ICAR-IIHR from 24-26th May,2018
The "Mango and Jackfruit Diversity Fair 2018" was inaugurated at Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (IIHR) on 24.5.2018. Shri. Suresh Heblikar, Actor, Director and Environmentalist inaugurated the fair. The fair is being organized during May 24-26, 2018. The purpose of the fair is to exhibit the diversity in mango and jackfruit and to create awareness among the farmers and the public towards the nutritional benefits of mango and jackfruit. More than 350 varieties of mango and 120 varieties of jackfruit are being exhibited. The inauguration programme was followed by a scientist-farmers interface, which was Chaired by Dr M. R. Dinesh, Director, ICAR-IIHR. Suresh Heblikar; Shri. Paramashivamurthy, Additional Director of Horticulture (Fruit Crops); Dr Shivakumar, Additional Director of Horticulture (Oil Palm Development); Shri. Yellappa Reddy, Environmentalist and Dr Prakash Patil, Project Coordinator (Fruits) participated as resource persons. Dr Prakash Patil welcomed the farmers (250). Dr Yellappa Reddy spoke about the historical perspectives of both the crops. Shri. Paramashivamurthy appreciated the diversity of mango and jackfruit and added that the exhibition gives valuable information to the farmers. Shri. Suresh Heblikar remembered his association with ICAR-IIHR in conservation of mango germplasm. He urged the farmers to utilize the benefits of this exhibition for moving towards rural prosperity. Then, the farmers' queries towards commercial production of mango and jackfruit were addressed by the resource persons. On the second day, there were special programmes for the school children. These programmes were organized in such a way to create awareness among the school children about diversity in mango and jackfruit. The third day being a general holiday, there were more number of visitors. Farmers, general public and students participated in the programme with lot of interest and enthusiasm. The fair was visited by more than 4000 visitors, including 1000 farmers. Sale of fruits and planting material was arranged for the visitors. The visitors appreciated the fair and opined that such programmes should be arranged regularly.