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Indigenous mango festival held in North Lakhimpur

By Correspondent

NORTH LAKHIMPUR, June 25 - For the first time in the State, a festival of indigenous mangoes was held in North Lakhimpur today.

Organized by the IQA Cell of Lakhimpur Commerce College in active association with Wild Silk-North East, an NGO and Lakhimpur District Agriculture Department, the festival was held in Lakhimpur Commerce College. An exhibition of thirty-two varieties of indigenous breed of mangoes found in Lakhimpur-Dhemaji agro-climatic region was held in the festival where the visitors were served with mango slices. The mango exhibition was inaugurated by Santanu Dutta, Additional Superintendent of Police, Lakhimpur.

A meeting was held on the occasion which was inaugurated by Dr BS Behera, principal, Lakhimpur Commerce College. Chaired by Dr HN Dutta, District Agriculture Officer, Lakhimpur the meeting saw discussions on the preservation of indigenous breed of mangoes and their commercialisation. Speaking on the occasion, Jitul Saikia, Director, Wild-Silk-North East elaborately discussed the preservation and promotion of mangoes of indigenous breed for sustainable development. Dr Prabal Saikia, AAU-Lakhimpur and Dr Jayanta Borah of NEIST, Arunachal Pradesh participated in the meeting as the resource persons.

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