Piyush Goyal inaugurated “Mango Festival” in Belgium


To set up a market for Indian mangoes in Europe, Union Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal on Friday- June 17, inaugurated a "Mango Festival" in Brussels, Belgium. 

It is pertinent to mention that India is a huge supplier of mangoes to the rest of the globe, even though most of the mangoes are exported to the Middle East rather than Europe. 

During the event, mangoes like Banganapalli from Andhra Pradesh, Malihabad Dasheri from Uttar Pradesh, Amrapali from Odisha, Lakshman Bhog, Himsagar, Jardalu mango, Langra mangoes, as well as 12 GI-tagged items were on exhibit. 

About International Mango Festival:

The International Mango Festival, held annually in Delhi, India during early summer, is a two-day festival showcasing mangoes. It has been held since 1987.

It is organized by the Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation (DTTDC) in collaboration with the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority, the National Horticultural Board and the New Delhi Municipal Council. As in recent past years, the festival was held in the Talkatora Indoor Stadium

More than 550 varieties and cultivars of mango are featured in the festival for visitors to view and taste. Among these are alphonso, mallika, amrapali, himsagar, malda, balia, chorasya, dhaman, dhoon, fazia, gelchia, nigarin kheria, ruchika and shamasi.

Activities in the festival include cultural programmes and recreational events like a mango eating competition for women, mango slogan writing, a demonstration of mango carving, a magic show, and a quiz about mangoes. For the mango judging competition, there are various categories and a minimum of seven ripe mangoes are required for competing in each. There is also a prize given for biggest mango

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