To provide a memorable treat to the connoisseurs of Delhi during the summer season, the Government of West Bengal had organized a special “Mango Festival” in Dilli Haat, INA from 11th-30th June, 2013. The festival was inaugurated at 4 pm on 11th June by Shri Bhaskar Khulbe, Principal Resident Commissioner, West Bengal, in the gracious presence of Shri Sanjeev Chopra, Joint Secretary (Agriculture) & Mission Director, National Mission and Shri Nitish Sengupta, former MP and Chairman of the Board for Reconstruction for Central Public Sector Enterprises.
The exhibition, which was on display at Dilli Haat Conference Hall from 11th-16th June and at the air-conditioned lounge from 17th-30th June, had brought together sweet-sounding varieties from the State’s Malda and Murshidabad districts such as Langra, Safdarpasand, Anaras, Ranipasand, Himsagar, and Laxmanbhog, the last two having received the coveted registration under the Geographical Indication (GI) Index. A Geographical Indication (GI) is a name or sign used on certain products which corresponds to a specific geographical location or origin. Typically, such a name conveys an assurance of quality and distinctiveness essentially attributable to the fact of its origin in that defined geographical locality, region or country.
Apart from the mangoes, some other GI-protected handloom and handicrafts products from Bengal, such as ‘Nakshi Kantha’ (traditional needlework) items, Shantipore Sarees and Shantiniketan embossed leather goods were on sale in Dilli Haat from 17th-30th June. The event was organized jointly by Department of Agricultural Marketing, Government of West Bengal and Department of Food Processing Industries and Horticulture, Government of West Bengal with support from the Office of the Resident Commissioner, Government of West Bengal, New Delhi. The festival was also supported by National Horticulture Mission, National Horticulture Board, Small Farmers’ Agribusiness Consortium and Nation al Centre for Cold Chain Development.