Ranchi: NABARD organised a “State level Mango Festival” at its Regional Office on Thursday at near Adivasi College Hostel, Karamtoli Road.
The event was jointly inaugurated by Ramesh Gholap, Director, Dept. of Agriculture, GOJ & Ashish Kumar Padhi, Chief General Manager NABARD. Different varieties of Organic and Carbide free Mangoes produced in orchards of tribal families of Jharkhand under NABARDs well acclaimed WADI programme is available for the next two days for sale directly by the farmers.
K. Padhi, Chief General Manager, NABARD highlighted NABARD’s role in economic upliftment and social empowerment of tribal farmers. While inaugurating the event Director Agriculture appreciated NABARDs effort for socio-economic development of farmers of Jharkhand and opined that such initiatives will provide a platform to expose the tribal farmers from remote and far-flung areas to the new markets and clients.
Tribal farmers from across the State brought different varieties of organically grown and carbide-free mangoes (Amrapali, Mallika, Himsagar, Bambaiya, Malda etc.) along with other products such as Jamun, Lemon, Honey, Spices, Mustard, Ghee, Mustard oil, vegetables, Ragi etc.
NABARD under its Tribal Development Fund (TDF) has been supporting the implementation of comprehensive tribal development programmes having small orchard (wadi) as the core component, for mainstreaming the tribal communities by improving their socio-economic status.