Take them home to slake the thirst

Take them home to slake the thirst

Grape, watermelon mela to begin tomorrow

The best quality grapes and watermelons from across the State will be available for Bangaloreans at a discount of 10 per cent as Hopcoms plans to dedicate the year 2012 to the fruits.

Grapes and Watermelon Mela 2012, will be organised from February 15 by Hopcoms in association with Department of Horticulture. Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda will inaugurate the mela at Hopcoms Head Office in Hudson Circle. The fruits will be brought by the farmers of Bijapur, Bagalkot, Koppal, Kolar and Bangalore Rural districts. Grapes will be supplied in boxes weighing two kilograms. 

Hopcoms has chosen 23 retail outlet spots across the City where the Mela will be organised.Mango Mela, held during the peak season, receives a great response from consumers and Hopcoms hopes that the Grapes and Watermelon Mela too will achieve similar commercial success. 

The venues selected are primarily government and semi-government retail outlets apart from a few private retail premises. 

Raisins, cashew, pista and badam will also be sold at the Mela. While grapes have been a regular feature at such melas, for the first time watermelons will be part of the sale. Over the past three years, Hopcoms has sold close to 1,500 tonnes of grapes worth Rs 6.60 crore. This year, it hopes to sell 700 tonnes of grapes.

The mela paves way for direct trade between growers and consumers, apart from providing good price to farmers and fresh fruits at discount rates to consumers.

Sale outlets

287 Hopcoms units

*  MS Building
*  Opp JD(S) Office, Race Course Road
*  Banashankari BDA Complex
*  National Games Village Stadium, Koramangala
*  Janata Bazaar, HAL
*  NR Colony Bus Stand
*  Near Sri Krishna Temple, Indiranagar 1st stage.
*  80 ft road, M S Ramaiah Road
*  Near Miranda School, HAL III stage
*  Safal Market, Jeevan Bima Nagar
*  Mini Forest, JP Nagar
*  Wine Board Office, Cubbon Park
*  BDA Complex, Koramangala