21 May 2019
Bhubaneswar: Here is a good news for mango lovers of the State. Odisha Rural Development and Marketing Society (ORMAS) jointly with Odisha Livelihood Mission (OLM) under the Panchayati Raj & Drinking Water Department is gearing up to organize an exhibition-cum-sale event titled, "State Level Mango Festival- 2019" in early June.
The main objective of the festival would be to make mangoes available directly from the farmers or producers to the consumers. A variety of locally produced fresh, hand-plucked mangoes which are free from chemical applications will be available in the fest. Different stalls are planned to be set up to display varieties of locally produced mangoes such as, Amrapali, Daseri, Mallika, Lengeda, Baiganpali, Himasagar, Totapuri, Sundari etc.
The festival will create a ground for retail sale of mangoes at lucrative price and profit for the farmers who used to sell the fruits at much lower rates to the intermediaries of bulk buyers and thereby lose the profit they deserve.
Swayamprabha Mohanty, Additional Chief Executive Officer and Sujoy Kar, Deputy Director (Marketing), ORMAS prepared a blueprint of the event after thorough discussion with the district level officials, representatives of Producers' Companies, and Groups of eight major mango producing districts of Odisha namely, Angul, Rayagada, Mayurbhanj, Sambalpur, Bolangir, Koraput, Dhenkanal and Gajapati.
The event is designed to create a platform for tasting and buying garden fresh, delicious mangoes which are devoid of any chemical applications. The festival is planned to be organized from 1st to 5th June, 2019 in the vicinity of the State Institute of Rural Development (SIRD) campus next to Stewarts School nearby CRP Square, Bhubaneswar.
The authorities have urged denizens of the capital city are requested to visit the festival for tasting fresh and delicious Odisha mangoes and thereby, encouraging the farmer producers.