Karnataka

Jambul growers reaping a bounty

Summer-friendly:Jambul is known for its nutritional and medicinal values and this has increased the price and demand.

Summer-friendly:Jambul is known for its nutritional and medicinal values and this has increased the price and demand.  

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Farmers are registering a yield of at least 100 kg to 200 kg of the fruit

At the time when farmers are losing their crops and lives owing to agrarian crisis, jambul (jamun fruit) growers in the State are reaping good dividends as trees are giving bumper yields this season.

The black-plum summer-friendly fruit, commonly known as Nerale Hannu (botanical name: Syzygium cumini) has arrived in large quantities across the State. The growers are registering a yield of at least 100 kg to 200 kg of fruits from a scientifically pruned/grown tree.

The fruit is known for its nutritional content and medicinal values — as it comprises phosphorus, sodium, magnesium and other minerals — and this has increased the price and demand for jambul.

The fruit purifies blood, brings down blood sugar levels and improves the digestive system, Shalmala, a paediatrician said.

While fruit sellers in Mandya and Mysuru were selling them at Rs. 180 to Rs. 200 for a kg on Sunday, the price was Rs. 250 to Rs. 280 at supermarkets in Bengaluru.

According to Dharma, a wholesale jambul buyer at Yaraganahalli in Mysuru, some merchants are exporting the superfine quality fruits to various States and countries from Karnataka.

Mr. Dharma and some of his friends have hired many jambul trees in the vicinity of Hancya and Rammanahalli in Mysuru and are selling fruits to vendors in Mandya and Mysuru.

While growers get around Rs. 70 to Rs. 80 for a kg, wholesale buyers keep a profit of Rs. 20 a kg and sell them to local vendors, who sell them at Rs. 180 Rs. 200 a kg in streets.

“In the past fortnight, I have sold around 825 kg of fruits near MIMS (Mandya Institute of Medical Sciences) and railway station here and earned a profit of at least Rs. 20,000,” Murthy, a fruit seller from Guthalu, said.

The fruit has arrived in good numbers across the State, K. Rudresh, Deputy Director, Department of Horticulture, told The Hindu .

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