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Luscious and juicy from Bengal to Delhi

Mangoes from West Bengal's Malda and Murshidabad districts are enticing customers with sweet sounding varieties such as Anaras, Ranipasand, Himsagar, and Laxmanbhog, which are currently on sale here.

The sale, which began on 11 June and scheduled to go on till the end of this month, is part of a Mango Festival organised jointly by the Agricultural Marketing department and the Food Processing industries and the Horticulture department of West Bengal.

‘Murshidabad district was once famous for growing more than 150 varities of mangoes. It is said that the nawabs of Murshidabad collected the varieties from all over India and planted them here. Nowadays, it has been observed that 95 per cent of farmers are tempted by high yielding varities like Himsagar and others are slowly dying out,’ says Gautam Roy District Horticulture officer, Murshidabad district. 

Safeda, Langda, Chausa, Dussehri and Alphonso are easily available in Delhi and north India but varieites such as Himsagar, Laxmanbhog and Ranipasand, that are indigenous to Bengal have been brought especially for the show.
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