Mangaluru, Feb 10, 2017: Addressing reporters on Feb 10, Thursday here, deputy director of Horticulture department H R Yogesha said that encouraged by the overwhelming response for recently concluded annual republic day flower show at Kadri Park here, the department of Horticulture is preparing to host yet another annual event-honey and organic fest. The mela will be held at Kadri Park on February 11 and 12.
He said, "As in earlier years, four to five species of live honeybee colonies will be kept on display, besides different equipment, exhibition cum sales of honey, information on its medicinal values, different beverages and medicines made using honey."
Yogesha said that apart from agriculture, most of the farmers and interested people in Dakshina Kannada have taken to apiculture. The response has been encouraging from the people living in Mangaluru city too, especially after a training programme on bee keeping was conducted during the mela previous year.
The department of Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Sidda and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) will create awareness among the people on how to use honey as a cosmetic product. SDM College and Alva’s Education Foundation and also bee keepers from Puttur Jenu Sakanikegara sangha will be putting up stalls.
Organic mela will also include exhibition and sale of organic products from the growers, besides value added products from different groups and societies and also seeds. As many as 500 farmers are invited for the training programme planned on the inaugural day at 12 noon.
Replying to reporters’ queries, Yogesha said as many as 40 stalls will be put up during the event. The entry is free.
Minister for Forest Ecology and Environment Minister B Ramanath Rai will inaugurate the fest at 11.30 am on February 11. MP Nalin Kumar Katil will inaugurate the exhibition, while MLA J R Lobo presides over the event.