Andro gears up for pineapple festival starting July 3

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IMPHAL June 20: The Andro Kendra Development Organization is organizing the fourth edition of the Pineapple fair cum youth festival at Yairipok Thambalnu Market in Andro constituency starting from July 3 till July 7. 

A press conference was held this afternoon at the Imphal branch of AKDO in connection with the fair.

Talking to the media persons, Md Fakarudin, president, of the organisation informed that it is organizing such a festival to give an economic impetus to the local pineapple growers by giving opportunities to showcase and sell their product during the festival.

Keeping in view of the increasing number of participants in the previous years, Fakarudin said that the organisation is preparing to host the largest pineapple fair cum youth festival in the state. He appealed for support and encouragement from the concerned government authority and civil societies in the state for such function as a mark of support to the local farmers. Talking to the media persons he added that last year more than 3000 tons of pineapples were produced by the farmers and is hoping to increase the yield this year.

On the other side, Md. Fakarudin, during the press conference said that on June 23 AKDO will be organizing a felicitation cum prize distribution programme to all the first divisioners from Andro A/C in the examination conducted by BOSEM , COHSEM and CBSE for year 2011.The prize distribution ceremony will be held at the Top Chintha community hall under Andro constituency.

Fakarudin said that till this evening 285 students had already given their name to the association for the felicitation.

During the festival cash prizes will be given to farmers who bag the top three spots and also consolation prizes will be accorded to all participating farmers.

The festival was started in 2008 with only 62 participants, however, the following years saw a sudden surge in the numbers of participants with 98 participants in 2009 and 138 participants in 2010 respectively, which were vying for the top spot during the festival.

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