31st Mango Festival Celebrating the king of fruits

first_imgDelhi Tourism’s much-awaited Mango Festival, is back this summer season. The three-day festival will be organised from July 5 – 7, 2019 at Dilli Haat, Janakpuri from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm.Delhiites can look forward to another fascinating display of more than 500 varieties of traditional and rare mangoes from across the country. The festival will be inaugurated by Manish Sisodia, Dy Chief Minister and Minister of Tourism, Govt of Delhi on July 5, at 5:00 pm. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainIndian summers are incomplete without mangoes and the Mango Festival comes as a refreshing reminder of the love of Indian households for the fruit. An inseparable part of the Indian culture, from cuisines to ceremonies, it has always played an important role. With the passage of time, the festival has become a major cultural event of Delhi, attracting thousands of visitors every year. Mango growers across the country including Bihar, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttrakhand and Uttar Pradesh will gather here to display traditional and hybrid varieties of Mangoes. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardWith over 500 varieties on display at the festival, this journey of mangoes from the orchards to Dilli Haat, Janakpuri, makes for a refreshing experience for the visitors. The various types of Mangoes on display will include Langra, Chausa, Rataul, Hussainara, Ramkela, Kesar, Fazri, Mallika, and Amrapali and other assorted varieties. To indulge in the experience offered, and a chance to witness Mangoes ranging from the size of a grape to that of papaya, the 31st Mango Festival is the place to be at. Besides providing an opportunity for visitors to savor the mangoes, the Mango Festival will also offer a package deal of fun and frolic for both children and family members. Some major highlights of the Mango Festival are display of rare as well as commercially popular mangoes, Mango eating competition for women and men, Mango quiz and slogan writing competition for children, band performances, stand-up comedy, cultural performances, sale of Mango and Mango based products and much more. Delhi Tourism organises the Mango Festival each year, with an aim to provide exposure to the domestic Mango Industry by exploring the evergreen love for Mango harboured by every Indian household. The Festival also provides agro industries and food processing industries the opportunity to display their products.last_img read more

UN warns of harmful impact on poor farmers of narrow focus on

1 March 2010An over-dependence on genetically modified organisms to boost agricultural production eclipses other biotechnologies and their potential to benefit poor farmers in developing countries, warned the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) today. An over-dependence on genetically modified organisms to boost agricultural production eclipses other biotechnologies and their potential to benefit poor farmers in developing countries, warned the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) today. “Modern and conventional biotechnologies provide potent tools for the agriculture sector, including fisheries and forestry,” said FAO Assistant Director-General Modibo Traore.“But biotechnologies are not yet making a significant impact in the lives of people in most developing countries,” Mr. Traore told the FAO-sponsored conference on Agricultural Biotechnologies in Developing Countries in Guadalajara, Mexico.He told participants at the four-day gathering, co-hosted by the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), that most poor nations currently lack appropriate and useful technologies, policies, technical capacities, and the necessary infrastructure for the development, evaluation and deployment of biotechnologies.Biotechnological innovations – such as rice hybrids for Africa that have doubled yields and the use of artificial insemination to raise dairy cattle milk production in Bangladesh – can contribute significantly in doubling food production by 2050 and in addressing the uncertainties of climate change, according to FAO. However, the agency noted that there is often an emphasis on genetically modified organisms only, underscoring the need for a new approach to agricultural research and development which supports a wider use of biodiversity to promote development and improve food security.“New technologies should make their contributions also through efficiency gains from better management of inputs and biodiversity,” said Mr. Traore. “This will require greater involvement of farmers, institutions and communities.“It will require other enabling factors such as policies, institutional support, and investment in human and physical capital and in-country capacity building,” he added, urging the international community to play a key role in supporting developing countries.In addition to taking stock of how agricultural biotechnologies can contribute to help developing countries, this week’s conference will explore opportunities and partnerships to strengthen the capacity of developing countries to choose and use appropriate biotechnologies. read more

Brock students to help seniors keep fit through new partnership

While the quest to stay healthy and fit can come with its challenges at any age, a new set of obstacles tend to appear as people get older.Health issues creep in, movement gets difficult and flexibility becomes limited.But through a new commercial partnership, Brock University wants to help Niagara seniors take on those hurdles — and, in the process, study what works to keep them healthy.The University is collaborating with Wellness Suites Condominiums to expand the SeniorFit and Heart Strong programs already offered at the Brock-Niagara Centre for Health and Well-Being in St. Catharines. The partnership will see Brock Kinesiology and Health Sciences students guiding senior residents of the Niagara Falls development through personalized exercise and rehabilitation programs on a path to healthy living.Currently under construction, the nine-storey Wellness Suites facility includes 97 residential units, a 5,500 square-foot Functional Medicine Centre designed to house Brock’s programs, and numerous other amenities. The $31-million Main Street project is slated for completion in September 2019. While the Faculty has partnered with health and government agencies, as well as non-governmental and community organizations in the past, this entrepreneurial exercise is unique for Brock, said Faculty of Applied Health Sciences Dean Peter Tiidus. “This is a win-win situation,” he said. “It takes us out into the community, gets students working with more local seniors and provides additional research opportunities in an important health field.”The partnership will provide valuable experiential education opportunities for students who are pursuing careers in rehabilitation, medicine, physiotherapy, kinesiology and other health-care professions, allowing them to develop skills by working in real-life situations. It will also allow Brock researchers to study how the facility’s “personalized medicine” programs, which include assessing cognition, nutrition, genetics, hormones, bodily toxins and the microbiome of the gut, impact residents, said Wellness Suites President Dr. Nick Vaccaro.“We will offer the latest, most innovative services and technology to help take care of people and to study how to keep them young as they’re getting older,” he said.The Functional Medicine Centre will use bioinformatics — a field of science that combines biology, computer sciences, mathematics and statistics to analyze and interpret biological data — to assess and monitor the progress of clients, and see which lifestyle modifications are most effective.“It’s an ideal fit for a graduate student project that would then be potentially publishable in a credible journal,” Tiidus said.Deborah O’Leary, Health Sciences Professor and Director of the Brock-Niagara Centre for Health and Well-Being, is working with Vaccaro to design the space and determine the fitness and research-related equipment required for the facility.“Nick is building his vision, but he’s using Brock expertise to help him along the way,” she said.“As the current SeniorFit and Heart Strong programs have already been successful — helping 450 clients a year with health-related goals — it’s a matter of expanding and introducing those programs in the new facility,” Vaccaro said. “We want to grow with the University and expand research parameters into the genetic, molecular and cellular levels. We are currently working at partnering with other highly innovative diagnostic companies.”Wellness Suites is providing the capital, infrastructure and equipment for the project, with Brock providing its expertise and a co-ordinator for the physical rehabilitation centre and integration with other researchers at Brock.“This is something that may lead to great collaborations with a similar model being used elsewhere in Niagara and beyond,” Tiidus said. “We’re excited to expand the offerings of the Health and Well-Being Centre for clients, for students and for researchers.”Vaccaro has a long history of working with faculty members at the University during his 35-year career as a chiropractor in Niagara.“I’ve had this vision to partner with Brock for a long time — decades — and now’s the time,” he said.Details of Brock’s programming at the facility are expected to be finalized by the end of 2018. For more information visit wellnesssuites.ca. read more