The three day Mango and Jackfruit Mela organised by the Department of Horticulture, evoked mixed response from the consumers and the sellers.
While the consumers termed it as ‘reasonable’ compared to the previous year, the sellers (farmers) were irked by the price tags put up by the Department of Horticulture and they say it’s ‘unscientific’.
The annual mango mela inaugurated by Deputy Commissioner C Shikha attracted a huge crowd where the residents of Mysuru thronged the Curzon park to relish the king of fruits. People were seen picking up mangoes from a variety of mangoes and were happy due to the reasonable rates.
Arkesh, who spoke in behalf of the farmers, questioned the authorities for the unscientific price tags. He said that the naturally ripened mangoes could not be sold at the rates fixed by the department. The officers have fixed the rates according to their whims and fancies, the rates are unilateral and I suspect a serious corruption the way the stalls have been allocated. The Deputy Director of the Department of Horticulture has allowed registrations even at 10 pm on Thursday and as a result many farmers are yet to be allotted stalls.
Deputy Director of the Department of Horticulture Basavaraju said that the rates were fixed after consultations with representatives of farmers. “They have agreed to the rates; this year we have focused on quality and natural fruits for common man, hence, the rates are slightly more.”
Manju, a farmer from Kanakapura said that the rate fixed by the department was too low. “The fruits which we sold at Rs 80 per kg in the recently held Mango mela at
Lalbhagh in Bengaluru have to be sold at Rs 40 in Mysuru. We have come here by paying Rs 3,500 as transportation charges and we cannot survive with the prices fixed by the department.”
DC C Shikha who was witness to the farmers’ grouse at the venue, directed the Deputy Director of the Department of Horticulture to convene a meeting by this evening, giving 50 percent representation to the farmers and then fix a revised price tag for the produce.
Like previous year, around 40 stalls exhibiting different varieties of mangoes which are cultivated organically have been displayed. Stalls set up by the department will be given free for farmers, but the farmers need to deposit Rs 1,000 per stall.
Mangoes of different varieties including Alphonso, Badami, Malgoa, Kalapadu, Raspuri, Mallika, Kesar, Sendura, Dashehri, Thotapuri, Sakkaragutti and Sid (hybrid) are sold. The jackfruit varieties include Chandra, Byrasandra grown by farmers from Mysuru, Chamarajanagar, Doddaballapur, Ramanagaram and other places which are on display at the mela.
The students from College of Horticulture, Mysuru, were seen selling mango products like mavina thokku, dehydrated mango, fresh mango, mango candy and others. An awareness programme on the differences between carbide and naturally ripened mangoes was held for customers.
Naturally ripened fruits look green and yellow or orange and tastes good, juicy and can be preserved for 1012 days. Mangoes grown using chemicals will have yellow patches , dust of carbide on it and acidic in nature.
CEO Zilla Panchayat P A Gopal, Senior Horticulture Department officer Dinesh Kumar and others were present.
Price list (Per Kg) :
n Rathnagiri Alphanso Rs 60
n Badami Rs 50
Rasapuri Rs 40 :Malagoba Rs 60 Mallika Rs 50
Sendhoora Rs 30
Thothapuri Rs 25
Baganapalli Rs 40
Dasheri Rs 75
Rumali Rs 60
Sakkaregutthi Rs 35
Himand Pasand Rs 50
Valaj Rs 40