With barely two weeks to go for the commencement of the ‘Muvattupuzha Karshikolsavam-13’, a state-level agricultural exhibition-cum-sale festival, scheduled to be held at the EEC Market ground here from December 1 to 8, the preparations are in full swing to make the event a mega success. As part of the formal launching of initial works, ‘Kalnattu’, or the pillar-laying ceremony for the pavilion will be conducted at a function on Tuesday.
‘Karshikolsavam’ will feature a wide range of exhibition-cum-sale stalls of various agricultural departments from within and outside the state, showcasing different varieties of agricultural products and equipment. “An exhibition of cattle breeds, dog and pet show, aqua show and flower show are the other attractions of the fest,” said Joseph Vazhakkan MLA who is the chairman of the organising committee.
In order to attract more public attention, organisers have planned to conduct seminars on various agricultural topics. National-level agriculture scientists will lead the seminar. Award-winning farmers and agriculturists who introduced revolutionary methods in the field will be felicitated at the meet. Special discussions on various topics including the Kasturirangan Panel report, sharp decline in rubber prices, international-level possibilities of pineapple grown in the state, will also be held, the MLA informed.
The festival will have exclusive stalls to exhibit multiple varieties of pineapple. Departments from other leading pineapple-producing states like Tripura, Orissa and West Bengal will also be given due representation at the fest, Joseph Vazhakkan added. The cattle exhibition will be organised by the Kerala Livestock Development Board and a separate pavilion will also be set up by the Animal Protection Department.
Adding colour to the event, cultural meets and entertainment shows will also be arranged. Artists from various parts of the country and from abroad will perform at the fest. Cine artists and cultural leaders will take part the event.
Central enterprises like Central Tuber Crops Research Institute (CTCRI), National Research Centre on Seed Spices, Spices Board, Tropical Botanical Garden and Coconut Development Board will extend their support to the fest. The festival will be open from 9 am to 8 pm everyday. The entry fee is Rs 10 for children and Rs 20 for adults.
The fest is being jointly organised by the Agricultural Department, district administration, Muvattupuzha block panchayt and Muvattupuzha EEC Market. The stall booking for the trade fair is on and details can be obtained on phone: 9846322299, 9747100923 and 8547189298.