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Delhi Mango Festival opens today

Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit will inaugurate the 21st edition of the Mango Festival at Dilli Haat in Pitampura here this Friday.

Delhi Tourism is celebrating the grandeur of the king of fruits in style at the three-day festival that will showcase over 400 varieties of the delicious fruit including some rare ones in addition to the commercially popular varieties.

The Capital’s citizens keenly await this annual festival to relish rare varieties of the fruit.

On display will be rare mango varieties such as Sirki, Suwarn, Neeleshwari, Royal SP, Raddy Pasand, Himasagar, Kensington, Neelam, Banganpalli, besides popular Dushehari, Langra, Alphonso and Kesar. Mangoes such as Abdullah, Ramkela, Aishwarya, Bombay Green from Kaleemullah Khan’s nursery.

There will also be a mango-eating competition in which both men and women will be able to sink their teeth into mouth-watering varieties on Saturday and Sunday at 5 p.m. Magic shows and cultural programme will be held every day.

The second day of the festival will see a national seminar on mangoes in which lectures on diverse issues relating to mangoes, aspects of nursery management, orchard management, post-harvest management and enhancement in mango productivity will be delivered by horticulturalists and mango experts.

The seminar will be attended by cultivators and farmers and various other stakeholders.

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