Feb 23, Colombo: Thousands of kilos of pumpkins were sold at Sri Lanka's first-ever 'Pumpkin Farmers Festival' held on Friday to help the country's farmers struggling with a bumper pumpkin crop this year.
An estimated 100,000 kg of pumpkin were stacked (22) along Green Path (Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha) at the Pumpkin festival for farmers to sell their harvest.
It has been reported that the event attracted massive crowds who bought thousands of kilos of pumpkin at Rs. 100 a fruit.
The festival also featured a variety of stalls selling pumpkin soup, pumpkin cakes, boiled pumpkin with desiccated coconut and chili sambol, pumpkin dessert, as well as educating the public about the cosmetic uses of pumpkin, medicinal uses of pumpkin and also showcasing pumpkin carvings, Daily FT reported.
Coexist Foundation together with Sarvodaya Development Finance collaborating with hoteliers, chefs and Ayurveda physicians has organized the festival providing a platform for farmers to sell their crops and also providing consumers with many different uses of pumpkin to facilitate better profits and to promote the crop.
According to Nilantha Jayanetti, CEO of Sarvodaya Development Finance event hosted 25 farmers to sell their crops of about 100,000 kg. Jayanetti said if the need arises, they are up to the challenge of continuing this event.
The organizers had arranged transportation of these pumpkins free of charge. Farmers at the venue expressed their appreciation for the initiative and were grateful for their higher earnings.