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Jackfruit Promotion Council formed

By Express News Service :


31st December 2011 09:34 AM

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Leading voluntary organisations and local self-governm ent institutions (LSGIs), in association with the State Horticulture Mission and NABARD, have formed a Jackfruit Promotion Council (JPC) for the promotion of jackfruit in the context of food security and production of value-added products for wider consumption.

 A statement here said that the formation of the JPC is a follow-up to the Jackfruit Festival-2011 held in the city. A 25-member governing council with Rufus Daniel, vice- president, District Panchayat, Thiruvananthapuram, as the chairperson has been elected. The other members include K Prathapan, Director, State Horticulture Mission (SHM); Dr Mary Ukru, Professor, Department of Home Science, College of Agriculture, Vellayani (vice-chairpersons); L Pankajakshan, director, Santhigram (general secretary); V Manilal, (secretary-administration) and  R Saralakumari (secretary-finance).

 The statement said that NABARD has lauded the efforts of the JPC and offered assistance for the state-level training of trainers’ programme (ToT) and support for innovation in development of the sector, in association with the State Horticulture Mission.

 Faculty from Agriculture University, Krishi Vigyan Kendras, NGOs and activists engaged in jackfruit promotion will be the resource persons. The participants in the training will also be provided relevant skills in entrepreneurship.

 The JPC is aimed at working with government institutions, LSGIs, non-governmental organisations, farmer groups, SHGs and residents’ associations for the cause of jackfruit, which is wasted to a large extent.Membership is open to institutions and individuals interested in the promotion of jackfruit.

For further details, contact phone No:  0471-2269780, 6452511, 9287548234 (M).  E-mail: jackfruitfestkerala@gmail.com or jackpromotioncouncil@gmail.com. Website:  www.jackfruitfest.org.

Key to local food security

By Aswathy Karnaver : http://newindianexpress.com/cities/thiruvananthapuram/article430716.ece

06th June 2011 01:11 AM

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: How many times have you given that cold look to the spiked, rotund, all too ‘nadan’, jackfruit in your backyard and shopped for comely apples and grapes? The fruit has silently borne the ingratitude and the disgrace of having been neglected in the culinary practices of the land.

The National Jackfruit Festival, organised by the National Horticulture Mission and Centre for Innovation in Science and Social Action in association with Santhigram, articulates a strong plea in favour of this fruit as a key to local food security.

The stalls inside the pavilion at Kanakakkunnu Palace grounds showcase a plethora of value-added products made from jackfruit, ranging from squash to jams, ‘payasam’, sip-up, ‘pappads’,  jelly and shredded and dried jackfruit flakes which can be soaked overnight and used for cooking tasty traditional dishes.

Dried jackfruit seeds, ready-to-use payasam mix with jackfruit pulp, shredded jack in honey – the possible menu using jackfruit as the main ingredient has been thoroughly researched by the self-help groups and training centres imparting courses in making and preserving value-added products.

It is estimated that around 75 percent of the jackfruit that grows across the country is wasted annually.

While the fruit and products made from it can become easily-available foods, Kerala has grown to cultivate a distaste for the homely fruit. In its tender stage, jackfruit can also be used as a vegetable, while the ripe fruit can be cooked and preserved for a long time.

The festival also includes a National Workshop and Skill Training on jackfruit products, cookery competition, poster exhibition and other promotional activities. Visitors to the exhibition can also buy machines that help chop jackfruit flakes for frying and also tree saplings.

The festival organisers highlight the fact that jackfruit is a ‘kalpakavriskha’ – while the fruit which grows in all seasons can supply food round the year, a mature tree makes for excellent timber.

National Jackfruit fest from June 4

By Express News Service : http://newindianexpress.com/cities/thiruvananthapuram/article465679.ece

02nd May 2011 11:49 PM

THIRUVANATHAPURAM: The wait will soon be over! Those who love to savour jackfruit in every possible variety, have a treat coming up in the form of the National Jackfruit Festival to be held on the Kanakakkunnu Palace grounds from June 4 to 6.

The National Jackfruit Fest with the motto ‘’Jackfruit – key for local food security’’ is one of the first such ventures in the district. The festival proposes to bring together all who have direct or indirect stake in the promotion and propagation of jackfruit as a nutritious food.

According to organisers, it has been designed in such a way so as to enable all interested to come together and hopefully form a strong network. This collective will continue to take up the cause of jackfruit promotion and preservation, a statement here said.

The festival will include a national workshop, national skill training on value added jackfruit products, cooking competition, exhibition, poster exhibition, study, documentation and publication, quiz competition, showcasing jackfruit products, network formation, planting jackfruit seedlings, publication of souvenir, paper presentation, collecting local names of jackfruit, documentation of micro-level value addition initiatives, marketing mechanisms, traditional recipes etc.

Value added products from jackfruit (from Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Thailand) will be showcased on the three days.

Live demo and sale of jackfruit products, exhibition of various types of jackfruit and poster exhibition on nutrition and health value of jackfruit will be held. The organisers, including the State Horticulture Mission and Santigram, Pulluvila, have invited entries for the logo design of National Jackfruit Fest.

It also has the support of NGOs, Local Self-Governments and R&D Centres. Logo designs in A4 size are to be sent to the General Convener, National Jackfruit Fest, Santhigram, Kazhuvur P.O., Pulluvila – 695526, Thiruvananthapuram.  (Email: jackfruitfestkerala@gmail.com/ santhigramkerala@gmail.com)  by post or e-mail with both hard and soft copies so as to reach on or before May 7, 2011.

The selected logo will be awarded a cash prize of Rs 3,000.

Festival to promote jackfruit

By Express News Service : http://newindianexpress.com/cities/thiruvananthapuram/article459717.ece

24th March 2011 01:38 AM

THIRUVANATHAPURAM: It’s that time of the year when along with the tasty mangoes, fatty jackfruits also come for sale. But who wants to eat jackfruit? The decreasing taste for the yellow fruit has motivated a group of people on the outskirts of the city to organise a ‘Chakka mahotsav’, or jackfruit festival.

The fest, organised by Santigram, an NGO based in Chappath, will be held in May. There will be products – both food and hand-made items – made of jackfruit lined up at the festival. People will be urged to eat more of jackfruit, which is a traditional fruit offered by nature free of cost and full of nutrition and fibre, which makes metabolism easier and prevents dehydration during summer.

Ahead of the festival in May, the organisers are holding a training programme in making food products out of the fruit. From April 4 to 6, women – as many as 35 are interested to learn – would be given training in preparing at least 15 dishes made from jackfruit. The training would be headed by a team from Uravu, based in Wayanad.

Ever had ‘vada’ made of jackfruit seed or jackfruit ‘unniyappam’? All these and many other items like mixture, ‘payasam’, jam, jelly, squash, pickle, toffee, chappathi and ‘murukku’ could be made of jackfruit, the training for which will be given to the women.

‘’When we thought of holding a jackfruit festival, we asked women here on the variety of food products they could make from the fruit. And the maximum they knew was five or six. That’s when we decided to hold a training camp too. It is to encourage consuming of jackfruit and to give them awareness on the good effects of the fruit,’’ said L Pankajakshan, Santigram director.

According to him, the women who successfully complete the training programme would be given help to start their own small-scale units selling the products. As part of the Chakka mahotsav, cookery competitions will also be organised. Winners will be given cash prizes.

For more details on the competition and training programme, call 2269780 or 9747152350.


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