STORY: Hundreds of mango lovers on Saturday (June 09) thronged a mango festival to relish the taste of different varieties of the fruit in India’s eastern Siliguri city.
More than 300 varieties of mangoes from the eastern West Bengal state, Bangladesh and Nepal were exhibited at the three-day festival which was organized by a school.
The aim of the festival was to create a sparkling marketing zone for the fruits in the state and to promote the region as a tourist hot spot. U.S. Consulate General to Kolkata, Craig Hall, who was the chief guest at the event, said the festival offered the mango-loving Americans a great opportunity to learn more about the Indian mango industry.
Indian mangoes, which account for 60 percent of the world’s production, are in great demand but exporters are yet to tap the global market potential. India being the largest producer of mangoes in the world produces mangoes worth millions a year.