The Horticulture Department of Andhra Pradesh is hosting a three day Mango Festival in Hyderabad where more than 300 mouth-watering mango varieties are being exhibited.
This King of Fruits exhibition is drawing huge crowds including prospective buyers who can negotiate with the farmers. According to S Chellappa, Principal Secretary, Agriculture Technology Mission of Andhra Pradesh, the purpose of organizing this festival is to boost production of mangoes.
Baneshan, Totapuuri, Neelam, China Rasam, Pedda Rasam, Daseri, Himayat Pasand, Alphonso, Kesar and Sora are some of the varieties on display at this grand festival. Apart from fresh mangoes, several mango-based products such as juice, pulp, pickles are also on display.
About 1,000 varieties of mangoes are grown in India and the acreage under mango cultivation is in an area of 2.5 million hectares. The states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Orissa, Assam, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu are the major mango-growing states in India.