Kundapur: The two-day state-level ‘Halasu Mela’ (Jackfruit Mela) was inaugurated at the Narayana Guru Hall, here on June 13.
The two-day event was organised by the Agricultural and Horticulture University, Shivamogga in association with Bharatiya Krishi Anusandhana Parishat New Delhi, Brahmavar Regional Agriculture Research Centre, Shree Kshethra Dharmastala Rural Development Project Kundapur, the Agriculture, Horticultural and Forest department, and the Bharatiya Kishan Sangha.
The Halasu Mela began with the Nada Geethe and Raitha Geethe by Ganesh Gangolli. Dr Jayalaxmi Hegde, programme organizer, Agricultural Science Center Brahmavar welcomed the gathering.
K M Udupa, managing director of Bharatiya Vikasa Trust Udupi, inaugurated the mela by lighting the lamp. Ganapathi T Shiriyan, member of Udupi Zilla Panchayat, inaugurated the programme by cutting the Jackfruit. Appanna Hegde Dharmadarishi of Mahalingeshwara Temple Basruru presided over the function.
Stalls selling mouth watering dishes were the cynosure of all eyes. Visitors thronged at a stall where ice cream made of jackfruit was being sold as part of the programme.
Jackfruit juice, jam, eatables made of tender jackfruit by a home industry from Sanoor Karkala, were the attractions at the mela. A total of 50 stalls were put up, which attracted sellers from across the district. Jams, squashes, chips, juices and roasted seeds were on sale.
Farmers who visited the mela were given information on the varieties of jackfruit plants. Saplings of various varieties of jackfruit also were sold.
Kalavati U S president TMC Kundapur, Dr T H Gowda director agriculture and horticulture university, Dr M Hanumanthappa Research director Brahmavar, Dr U S Pati, Dugge Gowda, Amarprasad Shetty and others were present.