The much-awaited 14th annual Konkan Fruit Festival was held from April 21 to 23 at the Dr Francisco Luis Gomes Garden, Heritage Precinct, Campal- Panjim hosted by the Botanical Society of Goa. Held over three days, this year too the festival brought amazement as tables of various fruits were laid for viewing from the interiors of Goa. Besides the display of fruits and plants, the festival also had a number of stalls with nurseries and food products.
The events and programs included workshops, seminars and training courses. Varanasi-based National Institute of Abiotic Stress Management conducted a session on dragon fruit at the festival, while the Goa Chamber Of Commerce and Industries was also partner with event to have an industrial focus. The fest brought together fruit growers, fruit product processors besides students of the Don Bosco College of Agriculture, Sulcorna.
Students of The King’s School, Margao along with mentors Arun and Desmond in partnership with GEO (Green Education Organization) presented a new state of the art ‘MICROGREEN FARMS’. The true beauty of this new initiative will be an all year production and a fully functional nutritional hub and information centre at the school campus. These are grown organically in The King’s School Organic Green House.
Different variety of mangoes were displayed that are grown in the Konkan region such as Rumani, Kala Hapus, Hapus, Konkan Raja, Amlet, Ostin, Paderi, Baneshan, Bappakai, Gadhemar, Rajuman, Kalalnk Goa, Chhota Jahagir, Kala Gandaras, Sannukullu, Sindhu Kesar, Konkan Ruchi, Ratna and few more.
Apart from mangoes, fruits such as Bel fruit, Konkan Bold, Guava, Nutmeg, Welvet Apple, Muricata, Citrus Malta, Cherry, Cocoa, Lailu, Aonla, Durion and Star fruit were also displayed. The focus this year was on bananas and plantains as well. The three-day event also saw the participation of the ICAR Goa, state forest department and the Western Ghat kokum foundation.
Guest Writer: Pauline D’Mello
Pic Credits: Viresh Chari