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I went to see the Mango Festival in Kanakakunnu Palace yesterday. I was surprised that there was :
1) a Rs. 10/- entrance fee
2) A small enclosure for mangoes and the rest for unnecessary consumer products ( cheap stuff) through which one is forced to walk to get out of the enclosure
3) Last but not the least I missed Kerala mangoes like killichundan and other varieties. Why is it that when we have any festival, we do not give a boost to what grows ( or used to grow) in Kerala and run after things from other states thus sending all our money to support farmers elsewhere and not our own farmers.
This trend needs to change. Our farmers, artisans and craftspeople should be given all the support to grow/ manufacture quality products which can then get both a local as well as national/ international market.
Posted By : Asha Gopinathan, On Jun 20, 2011 08:50:32 AM