Margao: The Atal Gram Development Agency on Thursday announced that the Netravali Matoli Bazaar 2018 will be organised on September 11 and 12.
Sanguem MLA Prasad Gaunkar informed that the bazaar has been organised for the sixth consecutive year. “The historic Lohia Maidan, Margao shall play host to the bazaar which shall be open from 8 am to 8 pm on both the days. The tradition of fixing matoli items for Ganesh Chaturthi was followed by the ancestors of the village so as to educate the society about the various gifts of nature in form of fruits, vegetables and flowers,” he said.
Gaunkar stated that his goal is to make the Chaturti festival eco-friendly again. “We used to do eco-friendly Chaturti but that’s not happening now. I appeal to the people of Margao to visit the market and support our self-help groups by purchasing the goods,” he said.
Sanguem ZP member Navnath Naik made an appeal to the public not to use fireworks and DJs but instead spend money on purchasing local items manufactured in villages to decorate and celebrate the festival
The bazaar is being organised with the sole purpose of inculcating entrepreneurship among the rural women especially belonging to the Scheduled Tribes of Netravali. More than 25 Self Help Groups (SHGs), especially belonging to the Schedule Tribes of Netravali shall participate in the bazaar. A variety of exotic vegetables, fruits, nuts, berries, leaves, grass such as torin, bede, nal, chafo, patri, kalyacho gad, mandolli kelli, chafo, haran, patri, ambadde, ambatem etc and items for decoration (Matoli) shall be available for exhibition and sale.
In addition to the various matoli items, different types of delicious sweets and other eatables such as nevroes, ladoos, shankar pali, roasted cashew nuts, masalas, chiwda, ragi, boiled rice, and local honey shall also available for sale. The Goa State Medicinal Plant Board, Government of Goa shall also participate in the Matoli Bazaar. Various medicinal plants such as tulsi, ganjan, shikakai, etc cultivated in Goa shall be available for exhibition and sale. The stall shall also engage in educating the general public regarding the medicinal use of plants.
Meanwhile, Sanguem Municipal Council Chairperson Romualdo Fernandes has informed that ‘Matoli’ items will be available at a two-day open market in the town.
“A lot variety of ‘matoil items’ which are traditionally available in other markets will now be offered to the people at their door steps at Sanguem,” he said. [H]