Amazing Bio-diversity of Mango Showcased

New Delhi, 03 July, 2010

With a magnificent heritage of over 4000 years, India hosts rich mango diversity having unique taste, flavor, texture and size. The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) showcased some of the most notable traditional and hybrid mangoes in an exhibition arranged here. Exhibition was jointly organized by the Society for Development of Subtropical Horticulture, Central Institute of Subtropical Horticulture, Lucknow and National Agricultural Science Complex (NASC) residents’ welfare association at NASC complex, New Delhi.

There were 120 different varieties displayed at the exhibition. These include 60 varieties from North and 40 from South India. Twenty varieties developed by the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi were also the point of attraction for visitors. SORA, a variety form Andhra Pradesh has the average fruit weight of 1010 gm and pulp content 67.70% and another variety from AP, Hamlet having an average fruit weight 898 gm were among the others varieties displayed in exhibition. A mango eating competition was also organized in the exhibition where a number of participants tasted the delicious and quality varieties of mangoes.

Dr. R.S. Paroda, Chief Guest, former Secretary, DARE and Director General, ICAR and Chairman, TAAS inaugurated the exhibition. In his inaugural speech, he expressed his concern over declining mango export from India in comparison to other Asian countries such as Philippines and Thailand.  He urged scientists to improve the different varieties of mango to compete in global market. He described the marketing and processing as the core issues for mango production.

Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE and DG, ICAR called it a festive occasion and motivated participants to experience the exquisite taste of the novel varieties. Sh Rajiv Mehrishi, Additional Secretary, DARE and Secretary, ICAR also graced the occasion.

Dr. Mangala Rai, former Secretary, DARE and Director General, ICAR and President, NAAS said that regions located near Equator can provide mango for almost eight months in a year. Andaman Island is one of such region. Scientists should take steps to grab this opportunity.

(Source: NAIP sub-project on Mass Media Mobilization, DIPA)