Bengaluru: The Karnataka State Mango Development and Marketing Corporation has organised organic mango mela in Bengaluru. The event will begin on May 30.

The mango mela is an effort of the government to ensure healthy and organically grown mangoes reach the people and help farmers reap direct benefits by selling them to the public.

The mango mela stalls will be put up at Lal Bagh, Cubbon Park and other metro stations in the city. Stalls will be put up at strategic locations of Electronic City too. Even IT companies have been instructed to install a counter in their office premises.

These mangoes are considered completely safe and are grown without the use of pesticides. Thus, depending on the quality of the mangoes coming into the stalls, the rates will be revised once every two days. A committee has been formed in this regard to keep a tab on the changing rates.

The mango season has already started but other than Senthoora, Badami and Benishan mangoes other varieties are not widely available in the market yet. Due to delay in pre-monsoon rain, the mangoes began to ripen later than expected. Thus soon, other varieties of mangoes like Neelam, Thotapuri, Malagova, Amrapali, Banganapalli are yet to arrive in the markets and make the mango mela colourful.

Last year more than 950 tonnes of mangoes were sold in the mela organised by the Karnataka State Mango Development and Marketing Corporation. Currently, at least 80 stalls will be set up at Lal Bagh alone. This year, it is expected that at least 1,000 tonnes of mangoes will be sold in the mela, said CJ Nagaraj, president of the KSMDMC.