Mango festival opens in Delhi

If you relish eating mango then this is one festival you should not miss.

Updated: Jul 02, 2010, 22:32 PM IST

New Delhi: If you relish eating mango then
this is one festival you should not miss.

The annual Mango Festival showcasing over 400 varieties
of the fruit was today inaugurated by Chief Minister Sheila
Dikshit at the Pitampura Dilli Haat here.

Mango cultivators from across the country, particularly
from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Punjab are participating in the
three-day festival.

"The Mango festival is popular all across the world.
People from different parts of the world come to Delhi to see
the mangoes, eat them and even grow them back home," Dikshit
said after inaugurating the festival.

She also complimented the farmers for making the fruit
popular across the world. "With names like Aishwarya, Sachin,
the farmers have made the fruit even more attractive." she
said. Dikshit also distributed awards to traditional farmers
who developed unique varieties of the fruit.

One of the participants, Kaleemullah Khan of Abdullah
Nursery, Maliabad, UP, who claimed that he would soon be able
to grow over 86 varieties of mangoes in one tree, had an
invitation from the Chief Minister.

"I would like to grow that variety of mango in the
backyard of my house. And some years later when the tree will
bear fruits, I would invite all of you to come to my house and
taste the fruit with me," she said.

The festival will also feature cultural programmes and
Mango eating competitions.