A Correspondent

Villagers take out

a procession carrying the fruit.

KALPETTA: Kenlove, fruit farmer and photojournalist from Hawaii, inaugurated the Jackfruit Festival-2009 at the Uravu auditorium at Thrikkaippatta in the district on Friday.

The three-day festival, aimed at tapping the commercial potential of jackfruit, has been organised by Uravu, an indigenous science and technology study centre in Wayanad, in association with various government and non-governmental organisations.

Inaugurating the programme, Mr. Kenlove said there would be enough possibilities for value-added jackfruit products in markets in the Western countries if the jackfruit farmers were able to assure the consistency and quality of the products. Jackfruit had high nutritional value and with the help of a supply chain network, the value-added jackfruit products could easily conquer the market, he said.

People from Thrikkaipatta and nearby villages took part in a procession with jackfruits.

An assortment of eats made from jackfruit have been displayed at the festival. These include traditional preparations such as payasams and chips and innovative ones such as jam, squash, pappad, idli, jelly, halwa, toffee, sweets and pickle made from jackfruit bulbs and pickles, vada, pokkoda and sweets made from jackfruit seeds.

A seminar on ‘Jack fruit- nutritious value, value-added products and health values’ was held.

Experts from the University of Agriculture Sciences, Bangalore, and Krishi Vijnan Kendra, Ambalavayal in the district participated.

The festival will conclude on Sunday.