MANGO AND JACKFRUIT DIVERSITY FAIR 28-29 MAY 2019 AT IIHR , HESARAGHATTA IN BANGALORE
ARKA URBAN KIT LAUNCHED
DESI AND EXOTIC MANGO VARIETIES, JACKFRUIT DRAW VISITORS IN DROVES
Showcasing the genetic diverdity available in Mango and JackFruit
Institute technologies for entrepreneurial avenues
Sale of fruit and planting material
Bengaluru: The Mango (Mangnifera indica L.) been under cultivation for atleast 4000 years with over 1000 of which about 25 varieties are under commercial cultivation. The primary centre of origin for Mango is the –Burma region at ICAR – IIHR Hesarughatta which included 180 varieties of Appemidi that is used for whole fruited pickle.
The Jackfruit ( Artocarpus heterophyllus Lam.) has its origin in the Ghats of India more than 1000 varieties are being grown farmers have classified these varieties based on their utility. IIHR institute has a collection of 110 varieties conserved from different parts of the country.
Elephant Head, Taj Mahal, Kensington, Lat Sundari, Agarbathi and more. These aren’t random names strung together but varieties of mangoes being showcased at the Mango and Jackfruit Diversity Fair 2019, which will be kickstarted on from 28 – 29 May. Apart from mangoes of different shapes and sizes—728 varieties are on display — visitors can also look forward to over 80 jackfruit varieties at the event being hosted by the Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (IIHR), Hesaraghatta. While Elephant Head gets its name from its shape, Kensington is a variety from Australia. Lat Sundari from Odisha is known for its attractive hue. Some mangoes have been named after the place they are grown in. flavours from foreign lands. The fair also features foreign varieties like Nam Dok Mai and La Resource from Thailand and Carabao from Philippines. When it comes to size too, there are many variations — while Nyamath, grown in Karnataka, weighs more than 1.3kg per mango, Around people visited the fair on Day One Chandrakaran, a variety from Kerala, weighs just 55 grams.
R Sripriya, 12, a resident of west Bengaluru, was excited to see the elaborate spread. “I had seen and eaten only five to six varieties of the fruit. I now want to taste all of them,” she added. Her family members said they tasted Raspuri and Alphonso, which are among the six varieties on sale..
IIHR director MR . Dinesh said the fair aims to showcase the genetic diversity of mangoes and jackfruit. “It’s also a platform to facilitate interactions between scientists, farmers and entrepreneurs,” he added. The two-day mela is open from morning till evening. During meet Chief scientists Dr. T.N. Shivananda, Dr. Karunakaran, Dr. Shankaran, Dr.R.Venkatta Kumar and others were attended.