Rourkela, October 3 (LocalWire): The rain played a spoilsport nearly washing out the annual Odisha Rural Development and Marketing Society (ORMAS) exhibition that concluded here last night.
The exhibition was affected by the rain from the inaugural day on 24 September.
However, the exhibitors concluded this year with a business of over Rs 1.8 crore.
“I am yet to receive the exact figure, but at the time of the concluding meeting at 7.30 PM the business was at Rs 1.6 crore and the rush was just growing and buyers were there till 9 PM,” DIPRO Ashwini Bhoi said.
“The exhibitors had done business worth Rs 2.23 crore last year.
This year the rain has affected business. However, buyers came in when the intensity of rain was low or during the little dry spell,” he stated.
Overall, the exhibition had 200 stalls and all were booked by the exhibitors.
“In Rourkela, we get good business and that is the reason we have come here this year,” Rohit Pradhan from Bolangir, who had come with earthen works, said.
Similar experiences were shared by other participants from all 30 districts of the state, and from other states like Andhra Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, and Haryana.
“Rourkela has given me good business and I come here regularly without fail.
Despite rain I still did good business in the last two days,” Bhatli-based Kailash Das said.
However, most of the participants suggested that the organizers should increase the number of stalls to at least 250.
“Given that the interest in the exhibition amongst participants from different areas has been growing, we will recommend that the number of stalls should be increased,” an ORMAS official said,