Agro-Horti Techno Fair or Krishi-Mela started in Darjeeling

Agro-Horti Techno Fair or Krishi-Mela started in Darjeeling
The end of the winter festival in Darjeeling today marked the beginning of a nine-day Agro-Horti Techno Fair, popularly known as the ‘Krishi-Mela,’ at Jamuni here.
Being organised by the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA), the agriculture fair was inaugurated by GTA chief and chief of the Gorkha Jan Mukti Morcha (GJMM), Bimal Gurung. Various modern applied techniques in farming, horticulture, animal husbandry, fisheries and other sectors related to agriculture are on display in several stalls in the fair, while talks and seminars will also be held.
The aim behind such a fair is to promote the various sectors related to farming to increase the agriculture productivity in the Hills, organisers said.
As he kicked open the fair, Mr Gurung also announced awards for toppers of various board examinations of class 10 and 12 in GTA areas for the 2014 batch.
On the GTA projects being undertaken presently, Mr Gurung said: “The GTA laid the foundation stone for a new tourist spot at Meghetar which is located at an altitude of about 1750m, and where we can get a 360 degree view of the mountains.”
According to him, the GTA is also constructing a road up to Meghetar from Kainjalia with a cost of Rs 4 crore.
“The GTA will develop the area keeping in mind the religious background of the place. We have decided to put up a statue of Lord Krishna with a small lake and a water fountain there. The GTA will also build small family cottages with pathways and train local people in horticulture. The total project cost of transforming Meghetar into a world class tourism place would be Rs 13 crore,” he said.
He added that a winter festival will be organised there from 7 to 15 February to promote the place.
“Our target is to develop areas under the GTA in full speed,” said Mr Gurung. He said that the Singla Sports Academy will also be transformed into a tourist place soon.
The ‘Krishi Mela’ will also be held at Jogihat from 14 to 16 Janauary and at Relli from 15 to 17 January 2015. Several cultural events are likely to be organised during the fair. “We may bring in Bollywood rapper Honey Singh to perform at the mela,” said Mr Gurung. (sns)

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