Grafted varieties released ‘Fruit has the capacity to meet the economic needs of people’
Minister for Forests B. Ramanath Rai said here on Sunday the Forest Department will give priority to planting jackfruit saplings in next planting season.
Addressing a gathering at a jackfruit festival function at Adyanadka in Bantwal taluk, the Minister said that provisions will be made in the related schemes of the department for planting saplings of jackfruit.
He said people have ignored the marketing of many traditional fruits, including the jackfruit. These fruits could be brought to the fore by making value addition. Mr. Rai said the need of the hour was to plant fruit-bearing saplings. Jackfruit could be used as vegetable. It had the capacity to meet the economic needs of people. The Minister released 19 grafted varieties of jackfruit brought out by Varanashi Research Foundation on the occasion. With this, people interested in cultivating jackfruit have more choices in the selection of saplings.
Founder of the foundation Varanashi Krishnamurthy told The Hindu that a group of persons, including Gururaja Balthillaya, an expert grafter of Udupi, interested in jackfruit promotion were behind the new varieties. Those varieties have been developed at the farm at Adyanadka.
The varieties released included Athimadhura, Kuddupadavu Madhura, Ananya, Mudrakshi, Nandana, Sarvada, Mallige, Raja Rudrakshi, Bakimaru Bakke, Pache Barikka, Muliya Singari, Rajalakshmi, Uttama Bakke, Manimunda, Kolambe, Bada Pasand, Gena Hannu, Parama and Gumless.
The festival was organised by Varanashi Jackfruit Growers’ Association, promoted by the Department of Horticulture and Varanashi Research Foundation, and Halasu Snehi Koota, Adyanadka.