Now, a mango named after Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit
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Last Updated: Friday, July 01, 2011, 21:19
  
New Delhi: Now, a mango named after Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.

'Sheila' - a new mango variety cultivated by Tariq Mustafa from Uttar Pradesh - is on display at the 23rd edition of the Mango Festival which began here today.

Mustafa says he named the mango after the Chief Minister as a tribute to her leadership.

The Mango festival, inaugurated by Delhi Social Welfare minister Kiran Walia, promises a unique combination of traditional and cultural diversity of the country, showcasing around 400 uncommon and commercially popular varieties of the mangoes, art, handloom, crafts, events and cuisine under one roof.

Expecting around 50,000 footfalls in the three-day festival, senior chief manager of the event K B Sharma said, "This year we are demonstrating mango panna and mango pickles preparation and to attract good footfalls, we have arranged mango eating competition for men and women, for kids we have rides, magic shows and various entertaining events."

"Delhi Tourism encourages such festivals as it gives a platform to show our tradition and culture to cultivators, to support that we have not charged anything from mango growers, they have come from across the country, in fact we have done arrangements for their food and stay," said O P Mishra, General Manager, Delhi Tourism and Transportation Corp.

There are around 1,200 varieties of mango in the world and India has almost 1,000 of them. Kesar, Baganpalli, Totapri, Safeda, Neelam, Fazali, Mallika, Dusheri, Malda, Amrapali, Langra, Rataul and 'Chausa' have been named as King of Mangoes by maximum mango growers.

PTI


First Published: Friday, July 01, 2011, 21:19


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