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Monday, January 24, 2011

Gift Parcel Services for Jackfruit

There are numerous gift services in India and abroad that send gift parcels on your behalf. Have you ever though that such services might include Jackfruits also in their list?

Yes. This is the reality at least for two companies. The Exotic Fruit Club of US is one such. The Club promises “just-harvested fruits from the world's finest growers delivered by USPS service for guaranteed freshness.” What’s more, the company has “100% money back guarantee, that too on the spot, if the customer isn’t satisfied.”

Exotic Fruit Club charges 99.99 US Dollars for a jackfruit delivery. The Special price is 89.99 $. For details: myfruitcompany@gmail.com

Another firm, Gift Mela arranges to send two Jackfruits anywhere in Bangladesh for 21.39 $. However, this service of theirs seems to be available only in Dhaka, Bangladesh. This firm promises to deliver jackfruits same day in Dhaka. Both these serves have online payment options. For details: customercare@giftmela.com

Well, if some night bus companies can start such a service from Jackfruit growing areas of India to Jack-lovers’ cities like Bangalore, Mumbai etc, there would be takers!

Contributed by Espi - yespee@gmail.com

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Fresh Jackfruits to house-boat Tourists


With proper planning and efforts, we can sell fresh Jackfruits to tourists visiting Kerala, especially those who visit boast houses of Alleppy”, hopes P.Ashok Kumar a businessman of Alleppy.

Ashok is running a successful cane furniture business, Brooklieen Cane Furnitures. During 2010 Onam, he had sponsored a three-day Jack Fest at Alleppy in a different way. It was the first time a private firm sponsoring a jack fest. “We wanted to promote our own fruit that is neglected” recalls he.

According to Ashok, if we have to introduce jackfruit to upper and upper middle classes, we have to adopt certain discipline. “In short, we should be professional”, he adds. He tried to bring this in that in Alleppy jack fest. Cooks and salesmen were given uniform, head covers. The inauguration was marked with a chenda performance, a typical musical feat of Kerala.

Though he aimed high, Ashok couldn’t bring all the refinements and improvisations we wanted to. Yet, the objective started realizing in a small way. “Among the visitors of first day, commoners from Alleppy seashore were more”, he recalls, “Next day people came in bikes and scooters. Third day saw visitors coming in cars.”

Ashok is confident that if some firm takes it seriously, they can sell fresh jackfruits to the house-boat tourists. In Alleppy alone there are 500 house boats. Thousands of tourists from the other parts of India and abroad keep coming here. “Jackfruit entrepreneurs can negotiate with the house-boat owners association for a regular supply of fresh fruits. The fruitlets have to be attractively and hygienically packed and have to be offered in a ‘ready to eat’ form. It would be suffice even if they deliver the packets to the association office”

With the increased interest in jackfruit, jack lovers in south Kerala have recently identified quite a few trees bearing in off season. As such, with some initial efforts, it is possible to build a supply chain from producing areas.

If this is not enough, arrangements can be made to get jackfruits from Panruti, Tamilnadu where it is available for 365 days. Why not a team of Keralian youngsters start this venture in this tourist season?

K. Ashok Kumar - broocklieen@gmail.com

Contributed by Shree Padre

Saturday, January 22, 2011

“Jackfruit is vital for Food Security”



- NHB MD Bijay Kumar

“Jackfruit is very important crop for food security. Farmers growing this crop are in remote disadvantageous area. They need to be benefited.”

This is the opinion of Bijay Kumar, Managing Director of National Horticulture Board (NHB). He was expressing this in an exclusive interview to Panasam Wonders.

Regretted he: “We are not able to exploit its full potential. But as it a good livelihood option for the weaker sections of the society, it’s high time to concentrate efforts for its development.”

According to him, there are three main ways to popularize jackfruit. Using it for vegetable, consumption for table purpose as fresh fruit and value addition are these three possibilities.

Asked whether he subscribes to the opinion that jackfruit is the highest neglected fruit of the country, he says, “No doubt, it is one of the neglected fruit.”

Is it not time to remove the ‘minor fruit’ label under which jackfruit is categorized now? “As it I not bringing considerable income to the grower, it is in that list now. As it gains more and more importance, this label will vanish” he hoped. He cited the instance of Papaya and Jamun fruits that were minor fruits and of late are gaining importance commercially. Bael , despite its good potential, is still a neglected minor fruit, he pointed out.

Vietnam, a country that is in the forefront of jackfruit production, marketing and value addition is keen to import Indian Jackfruits. But despite this, we are not able to meet this demand. Is this not a paradox? “Well, I have not studied this aspect”, he replies, “Many issues like whether export is remunerative for our farmers, the infrastructure development and such other basic factors have to be considered and given thought to.”

According to Bijay Kumar, “All stakeholders of jackfruit production, processing, marketing and research have to come to a common platform and discuss the issues threadbare. All the research findings, local knowledge etc have to be consolidated.” In this view, NHB has already initiated process o have a one- day workshop of stakeholders of Jackfruit in near future.

The issues to be addressed in the workshop are, according to NHB MD, consumer preferences of various jackfruit products, how to transport the fruit from production area to consumption areas, how and in what forms it can be made available so as it becomes consumer friendly, identification and popularization of off-season jackfruit types and strategies for the popularization of jackfruit.

In conclusion, he said: “Fund is not a problem. We can rope in required agencies. Let all of us put our heads together and work towards one goal.”

Interviewed by Shree Padre

JF Gene-pools Development started in Karnataka

Thanks to the a catching up movement in Karnataka, two KVKs (Krishi Vijnana Kendras) and a District horticulture office have already initiated efforts to develop Jackfruit gene-pools in their campus.

Udupi KVK in Brahmavar and Tumkur KVK in Konehally have both earmarking one acre each for this purpose. Dr B. Dhananjaya and Dr Shivalingaiah , respective Programme Coordinators of these KVKs have started scouting for excellent jackfruit types of their respective districts. Both the gene-pools would have irrigation facilities.Main objective of developing the gene-pool, apart from show-casing the excellent jack varieties is to provide grafts to interested farmers.

“We in Malnad have more jackfruit diversity than in plateau areas. It is necessary to conserve our best varieties of jackfruit types”, says Deputy Director, Horticulture of Sirsi, H.R.Nayak. Apart from developing the gene-pool, they intend to bring out a ‘Jackfruit Directory’ containing details and contact numbers of farmers having best variety of jackfruit trees in Utttara Kannada district.In order to collect information about good jackfruit varieties, a questionnaire is prepared. Assistant directors of horticulture in each taluk would collect information and photo of selected varieties and would feed into their computers. Substantial data collection is already over.

KVK Udupi: (0820) 2563923, kvkudupi@gmail.com

KVK Tumkur: (08134)294771, kvktumkur@gmail.com

HR Nayak: 94489 99234, 94483 21919, ddhuttarakannada@yahoo.com

Contributed by Adike Patrike – adikepatrike@gmail.com

Friday, January 21, 2011

Popularising Off-season Jackfruit cultivation, need of the hour




In most jackfruit growing areas of Karnataka and Kerala, the peak jackfruit season starts from March – April and ends in June – July.

Based on the season of yield, jackfruit trees can be broadly classified into (1) Normal bearing, (2) Early bearing, (3) Late bearing, (4) Twice bearing and (5) All season types.


Early bearing is one that yields before March and can start anywhere from November. Late bearing is one that would yield fruits till, say August to September. All season types will have jackfruits almost twelve months (baramasi) and would give fruits at least 8 to 9 months. Twice bearing class of trees will bear two times a year – one in normal and another in off-season.

Palur – 1 of TNAU Vegetable Research Station, Palur, Lalbagh Madhura – a very good variety present in Lalbagh, Bangalore and Bairachandra, a red flaked variety originally from Bairapatna, Karnataka are all twice bearing types.

Jack lovers have identified at least half a dozen all season types of trees from different areas. Sadananda Halasu from Doddaballapura is one. Shreevijaya sourced from a Bangalore house and developed by Ankur Nursery, Ripponpete is another. There are few other trees that go on giving fruits for 6 to 8 months!

Panruti in Cuddalore district of Tamilnadu has about 100 hectares of Jackfruit cultivation. Pure jackfruit orchards ranging from one to 20 acre is also there. Panruti offers jackfruits round the year! An estimated 2 to 5 % of the trees there are twice bearing. Hundreds of all season types are also there. Unfortunately, no significant research work of identification and propagation of such important genotypes are taken up there.

A farmers group in Kerala’s Idukki district has done remarkable work in this regard. They have identified good number of early and late bearing types. Recently, Managing Director of National Horticulture Board, Bijay Kumar has suggested farmers to cultivate more and more off-season types of Jackfruit trees.

According to Bhaskaran, Retired Sub-inspector of Police of Kollam, “early bearing types in the district tart bearing in November. A few trees give fruits till August too.” That means in Kollam jackfruits are available for ten months a year. Only two months – September and October – are ‘no jackfruit’ months. Would thorough search bring forth a few trees that bear in these months too?

In Kollam, lion’s share of jackfruits is soft-fleshed type (koozhachakka) and simply gets rotten. “Even fruits that come to bearing in November to January – though its koozha, gets sold for Rs 50 each”, says Krishnan Nair of Nadukunnu Kotra, Kollam.

I have a feeling that as we move in south from north in Kerala State, the absolute ‘no jackfruit’ days go on decreasing. Near the equator, in Indonesia and Malaysia, it is available round the year. What is required is scouting for excellent normal and off season types of jackfruit trees in each district. If we are able to produce jackfruit, say 8 to 10 months, it will be a big leap towards local food security. For farmers, it will open up chances to earn more because off season yield fetches a higher rate.

Horticulture/ Agriculture Department along with farmers groups have to initiate work in identifying and developing district level gene-pools that can produce grafts of trees that give excellent fruits in different seasons.

Pix and Text by Shree Padre, shreepadre@gmail.com

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Gumless Jack warrants more studies

Krishnaraj Giliyal, a farmer of Panaje, Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka is a jackfruit lover. His young Gumless Jack tree started bearing recently.

According to Krishnaraj, one drawback of this variety is, we won’t know when to harvest it.” Last year, a fruit they plucked didn’t ripe even after a week. When cut, it was still much raw.

So, Giliyals made chips from this fruit by frying it with refined oil. “That was a real find”, he describes proudly, “I had never tasted that tasty and crisp jack chips so far. The taste is still lingering in my mouth. Despite, the rainy season, the chips stayed crisp for more than three months.”

Ananthamoorthy Javali is a nurseryman at Ripponpete in Shimoga district of Karnataka. He has been propagating some selected varieties of jackfruit and Appe midi (pickle mango) by grafting.

Javali did a small experiment in last summer. The fruit he selected for this experiment is Gumless variety. The

fruit was cut across its axis. Each day, he took out a ring of about an inch thickness and ate the fruitlets.The fruit was kept in room temperature. Points out Moorthy, “Till the tenth day, the fruit remained nice and crisp too.” On tenth day, it got exhausted. As such this year Javali wants to study the fruit for more days for its keeping quality. “Most of other types of jackfruits”, says he, “become soft and juicy within 3 to 4 days.”

Many housewives point out that both unripe and ripe flake (carpels) of gumless jack is very good for dosa making. High time someone should make more studies about the usage and keeping quality of this gifted jackfruit type. But beware; some fake gumless types are also on sale!

This rare type of Jackfruit was located in early nineties at the homestead of Timothy Menezes at Jeppu Mangalore. Fruit is medium sized. The carpels have no fibre. Gum is almost non-existent when fully ripe. The rind is very thin and fruit is very tasty on the optimum day of ripening. Later Mahalingeshwara Bhat Jalsoor and the late Harischandra Shetty Sompady popularized this jackfruit type. Today it has spread to many places in Kerala and Karnataka.

Gumless jackfruit seems to have all characters required for branding the fruit at both state and national level.

Contacts : Krishnaraj Giliyal - krgiliyal60@gmail.com;

Ananthamoorthy Javali - ankur.685@gmail.com

Contributed by Adike Patrike (adikepatrike@gmail.com)

Monday, January 10, 2011

Save jackfruit trees: PIL plea

Kolar residents have approached the High Court

A public interest litigation (PIL) petition was filed in the Karnataka High Court by a few residents of Kolar seeking a direction to the State Government and the authorities concerned to ensure that the jackfruit garden in Tamaka adjoining Kolar is not destroyed.

The petitioners alleged that the authorities had decided to fell several rare jackfruit trees to constrict buildings for the Horticulture College, which started functioning in Kolar from this academic year.

The petitioners said they did not have anything against the establishment of the Horticulture College. They, however, said they are against the felling of any jackfruit tree in Tamaka for the purpose of constructing buildings for the college.

As of now, the college is functioning from a rented building in Tamaka, which is on the outskirts of Kolar. The college is affiliated to the Horticulture University at Bagalkot. The college has 30 students on its rolls. It has sought the permission of the Horticulture Department to conduct practical and laboratory classes in gardens in adjoining areas such as the jackfruit grove near Tamaka, the nursery near the Deputy Commissioner's office in Kolar, Hogalagere Garden near Srinivaspur and the garden at Kukkanahalli.

The petitioners said their main objection is to the decision of the authorities to fell the jackfruit trees to make way for buildings. Save the rare jackfruit trees, they urged the court.

A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice J.S. Khehar and Justice A.S. Bopanna asked the government advocate whether he was ready to argue the case to which the advocate said he needed time to do the same. The Bench adjourned further hearing of the case.

Courtesy : The Hindu ; http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/article1074343.ece

Goat proofing, the farmers’ way!


Panruti in Cuddalore district of Tamilnadu is a Jackfruit Paradise. This is the only place in the country where you can see large scale monoculture plantation of Jackfruit from 1 acre to 20 acres.

Apart from border plantation, Panruti has jackfruit orchards too. Fencing the whole plot is difficult. Most local farmers prefers to plant long seedlings as they have an eye for timber. Grafts are seldom preferred.

Protecting the plants is an issue. Some people put circular fences around ach fruit. Protecting the tender jackfruits that come to yield on the lower levels of the trees (like in this photo) is also a problem.

To achieve this, farmers take a bucketful of cow dung slurry and dip the lower portion of tender jackfruit with the slurry. The smell of this excreta keeps cows and goats away from eating it. This safe and sure farmers’ technology is very popular here.

Pic & Text : Shree Padre, shreepadre@gmail.com

Jackfruit flakes in brine


Preserving unripe Jackfruit flakes in brine is a traditional method in coastal Karnataka. During off-season, that is September to January, this is washed well as used as a vegetable for making curries. In local Tulu language of Dakshina Kannada district, this is called as Uppad Pachchil.

Gowda Saraswat Brahmins, nicknamed as GSB’s are very fond of this product. As such, this is available in lose in some shops in Mangalore and Karkala. Karkala town in Udupi district supplies this product in tons to GSB’s of Mumbai. Undlakalu, a spherical fried product made out of jackfruit flakes in brine is an ethnic product that is very popular.

Now a home industry from Udupi – Shwetha Home industries – of Perdoor near Manipal has introduced unripe Jackfruit flakes in brine in plastic packets. A 500 gram packet (excluding the weight of the salt solution) is priced at Rs 60. “Consumer response is very good. We would make more in the next season”, says Shripathy Aithal, owner of this home industry.

Contributed by Adike Patrike

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

'Simply organic’


'Simply organic’ Jack Fair held at Bangalore in 2009
File Photos by Shri ARS Sharma

First Jack Fest of 2011 at Kollam

Credit of organizing the first Jack Fest of 2011 goes to an educational institution, 60 kilometers away from Kerala capital Thiruvananthapuram. The event will be held at Siddhartha Central School, Kollam on 15th and 16th of January.

The two-day Jack Fest will be part of the 3-day ‘Siddharha Science Fest’ organized by Siddhartha Senior Secondary School, Pallimon, Kollam.

On 15th, “Ruchi Karshaka Koottayma’ of Wayanad headed by Shri C.D.Suneesh will give on the spot demo cum training in making 20 different value added products from Jackfruit. Kudumbasree members and housewives would receive this training. Dr Prathapan, Mission Director, National Horticulture Mission will inaugurate the training g programme.

On 16th morning at 10 AM, there will be a seminar on Jackfruit development. Smt Rohini Varma, DDM, Nabard, Kollam would be the Guest of Honour. Shri Shree Padre, Editor, Adike Patrike from Karnataka would hold a PowerPoint presentation on ‘Problems and Opportunities for Jackfruit development.’

In the last two seasons, 25 Jack Fests and Fairs were held in Kerala and Karnataka. More and more people and organizations are coming forward to popularize the much neglected Jackfruit.

Contacts for Kollam Jack Fest :

Suresh Uthaman: 94460 12054; sooryavamsam@yahoo.co.in

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Early Tender Jack in good demand




In Bangalore, tender jackfruits have arrived to the market. These photos were taken in Jayanagar 4th Block in first week of January.

The tender jackfruits are cut and sold at a price of Rs 30-40/kg. Seller Ramanna says there is good demand. Not only the people from coastal areas who know the use of tender jackfruit as vegetable, but people from other areas too buy these.

According to Ramanna Kolkotta people like tender jackfruits very much. They prefer slightly grown ones with bigger tender seeds inside. Each of the tender jack seen here would be not lesser than 2 Kgs.

Now, when no vegetable is available below 20 to 25 Rupees a Kg, why can’t we start some serious efforts in our nearby cities to sell tender Jackfruit as vegetable?

Photo & Info : Ganapathy Bhat Harohally

WELCOME THE NEW JACK SEASON 2011

HEY JACKFRUIT LOVERS

Its again jackfruit time. Jack trees in Kerala started fruiting and fruits in the the earlybearing trees are ready for harvest . Once again we are going to witness the jack fruit trade in other states and see wasting of this wonder fruit in our home steads.

COME ON !!!!!!!!!

Let us all work together to remove the mindblocks regarding this " Wonder Fruit "