Gujarat Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel inaugurated the three-day National Mango Festival at Ram Katha Ground from 27th to 29th May in Gandhinagar. He also congratulated the mango producers and sellers of different states participating in this festival.
He visited the stalls of mangoes and took keen interest in acquainting himself about various varieties of mango as well as about the planting to production and sales process of mangoes. Minister of State for Labour and Employment Shri Brijesh Merja said that, the state government is committed towards developing agriculture tourism.
The then Chief Minister and the present Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has taken many innovative initiatives in the field of tourism. One of them is agriculture tourism. The National Mango Festival is organized with an aim to boost agriculture tourism and enable farmers across the country to sell varieties of mango directly to the consumers. The Mango Festival also showcases the sale of mangoes produced in different parts of India. Mango producers from different states of the country will also exchange knowledge on how to increase mango production found in one place. Farmers, farm owners and mango wholesalers producing mangoes in many regions of Gujarat including Kutch and Gir will get a platform for development in their specific region.
In this festival varieties of mango including Ambika, Arunika, Arunima, Pratibha, Pitambara, Lalima, Shresth, Surya, Husnara, Nazuk Badan, Gulab Khas, Osteen , Dashehari, Chausa, Langra, Amin Khurd, Glass aamrapali, Mallika, Krishna Bhog, Ram Bhog, Ramkela, Shahad Kuppi, Jardalu, Lakhnaua Safeda, Bangalora, Amin Dudhia, Badami Gola, Budhia, Yukti, Fazil, Kesar, Lamburi, Narad, Surkha Para, Surkha, Dasheri, Chausa, Langra, Amrapali, Green, Yatharth, Maharashtra’s Ratnagiri, West Bengal’s Himsagar, Amrapali, Bihar’s Maida, Jardalu Krishnabhog, Rajasthan’s Dasheri, Mallika, Langra, Kesar, Karnataka’s Karnataka Alfanzon and Badam Mango, Anand, , Gujarat’s Kesar, Hafus (Alphonso) Mango and Mango Pickle, Chundo, Mango Pulp, Shake Jamdar and other varieties have been displayed in more than 50 stalls.
Various entertainment programs like competitions, cultural programs and special activities for children are also organized during the festival.
In this program Gandhinagar MLA Shri Shambhuji Thakor, Gandhinagar Mayor Shri Hitesh Makwana, Shri Hareet Shukla Secretary Tourism, Tourism Commissioner Shri Alok Kumar Pandey, District Collector Shri Kuldeep Arya including mango lovers from all over the country were present.