Mango festival ends in capital

NH Naqvi
Islamabad

The three-day mango festival ended on Monday. During the festival, more than 100 varieties of mangoes were exhibited at 50 stalls.
The festival was also attended by agricultural experts, mango growers and representatives of cultivators’ organisations from all over the country.
The basic aim of organising this festival was not only to highlight the importance of Pakistani Mangoes but also to increase and enhance its export and this exhibition will play an important role in enhancing the productivity of mangoes.
The conducting mango festivals would help to boost the production of the fruit in the country.
This was said by Caretaker Provincial Minister for Food and Agriculture, Planning and Development Punjab Sardar Tanveer at the conclusion ceremony of the three days mango festival at Centaurus Mall in the federal capital.
This festival was organised by the Punjab Food and Agriculture department along with the Sardar Group of Companies in collaboration with the management of the Centaurus Mall, Inter-University Consortium, MNS Agriculture University Multan and Seven Oceans Association.
The ceremony was attended by Ambassador to Turkmenistan Atadjan Movlamov, Narcotics Secretary Arif Nawaz Khan, PGCL Senior Vice-President Sardar Yasir, Higher Education Executive Director Dr Arshad Ali, Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Agriculture University Multan Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Asif Ali, , International Islamic University Islamabad Rector Dr Masoom Yasinzai, University of Agriculture Faisalabad former Vice-Chancellor Dr Iqrar Ahmed, Pir Mehar Ali Shah University of Arid Agriculture Rawalpindi Pro Vice-Chancellor Dr Sarwat Mirza and President Farmers Association of Pakistan Afaq Tiwana.
The Mango Festival has attracted massive crowd. About thirty varieties of mangoes have been displayed for general public.
People took keen interest in various varieties of mangoes and congratulated the organisers over successful event and bringing the universities, foreign missions, exporters and farmers on one platform to promote export of mango. They assured cooperation of HEC and Punjab HEC in this regard.
A great number of foreigners also paid visit and admired taste of Pakistani mangoes. They were of the view that such events could be greatly helpful in building soft image of Pakistan.
On the last date of the festival, mango eating competition was also organised which was actively participated by the children and prizes were distributed among the position holders.
During the festival, it was disclosed that Pakistan is the fourth largest producer of mangoes and shares 8 per cent of the production of the mangoes. The total under cultivation area for mangoes in Pakistan in 170 million hectors. At present, there are multiple varieties of mangoes in Pakistan out of which 9 are registered.

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