`King of fruits’ holds court

HYDERABAD: Sensation, Terpentine, Lal Kathra, Patara… Don’t get intrigue by the names, they are some of the 222 varieties of the `King of Fruits’ on display at the three-day mango demonstrate which was inaugurated by Agriculture Minister, N.Raghuveera Reddy at the Jubilee Hall here on Thursday.

The biggest fruit on show is Sora (average wt. two kg) while the least is Chekara Guthi (75 gms). Banganapalli, Suvarnarekha, Dasheri, Alphonsa, Totapari, Pedda rasam, Himayath and Tellagulabi are amid the 32 succulent commercial varieties being exhibited in 20 stalls.

The stalls have been put up by progressive farmers, dispensation units, DWCRA groups, exporters, Non-Governmental Organizations and persons dealing with post-harvest skill and micro-irrigation systems.

New hybrids, pickle varieties, home- made and profitable mango products are also on sale.

Talking to reporters, Mr.Reddy said that this was the first time such a big show was planned.

He said that mangoes were organism sold at lower than the prevailing market prices.

The king of fruit was grown in 10 lakh acres in the State and the estimated production was 31.36 lakh tones.

He harassed the need to increase exports.

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