National Jack Fruit Fest 2011-Preparatory Meeting -26 April 2011, Tuesday at 2 pm – Thiruvananthapuram.

Eat Jackfruit, Waste Nil

Jackfruit – key for local food security

National Jack Fruit Fest 2011

Preparatory Meeting

26 April 2011, Tuesday at 2 pm,

KERAFED head office, Vellayambalam

Opp. Jawahar Balabhavan, Thiruvananthapuram.

Dear Sir/ Madam,


As you are aware, Jackfruit, the biggest organic fruit is one among the highly neglected food resources of our country. A zero attention crop, with high productivity, Jackfruit has drought tolerant capacity.

It is paradoxical that we are wasting around 60 to 70 per cent of Jackfruit grown in the country when we are facing immense challenges in the issue of food security. Even if we assume the national wastage is 50 per cent, and per kg price of jackfruit as Rs 3, India is losing Rs 214.4 crore worth of food every year.

Jackfruit and its value added products have huge demand in other states of India. Unfortunately, till now proper supply chains have not been created. Though our country is lagging far behind in value addition and proper utilization of jackfruit, there are small success stories here and there. Unfortunately, till now there has no documentation of value added products, recipes and excellent jack varieties that are suitable for table purpose, chips etc. Despite losing lot of good genetic types, we haven’t put efforts to identify and propagate twice bearing, all season, early bearing and heavily bearing types.

Countries like Vietnam, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Indonesia and Philippines have succeeded in developing best practices of jackfruit farming as well as value addition. In Vietnam and Malaysia, Jackfruit is a crop that is earning very good returns. It has to be noted that Jackfruit planting material has gone to Malaysia from our country in nineteenth century.

Of late, farming communities have started to have a second look at Jackfruit. In the last two years, 25 Jack Festivals were held in Kerala and Karnataka. A wave of new interest is spreading. Hundreds of value additions are being show-cased. ‘GRAMA’, a SHG in Kottayam districts Bharananganam is producing three dozen value added products from jackfruit and is successfully selling it locally.  Identification of good local variety jack trees and propagation has started in some areas.

In this juncture, it is proposed to conduct a three-day ‘National Jack Fruit festival’ at Thiruvananthapuram during last week of May 2011 with an aim to provide a national platform to gather together the individuals, institutions and groups working for Jackfruit in states of Kerala, Karnataka, Tamilnadu and Maharashtra and pool  all value added products for exhibition at one  place. One day would be devoted for a National Seminar to discuss possibilities, constraints and further roadmap towards promoting the Jackfruit products and to minimize the unfortunate wastage of this very valuable fruit. The seminar would also hold a window for the achievements in the field of jackfruit in countries like Srilanka, Vietnam, Malaysia etc.

A preparatory Meeting in this regard has been organized on Tuesday, the 26th April 2011 at 2.00 pm at the board room of KERAFED head office, Vellayambalam Opp. Jawahar Balabhavan, Thiruvananthapuram. Dr.K.Pratapan, Mission Director, State Horticulture Mission will chair the meeting.

We cordially invite you to join this proposed programme as a partner and request to participate in the preparatory meeting

Looking forward to kind support and patronage

With kind regards


For Organising Committee





For more details contact the following  address:


1.      L Pankajakshan


Chappath, Kazhuvur.P.O; Pulluvila-695 526, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

Phone: 0471-2269780, 6452511 (M) 9287548234


Web :


2.      Sri. Suneesh.C.D Chittilapalli

URAVU, Ruchie Karshaka Koottayam,


Wayanad-673 577

(M) 09605730334




3.      Dr. C.P. Robert
Programme Co-ordinator
CARD- Krishi Vigyan Kendra
Kolabhagam P.O, Tiruvalla(Via),Pathanamthitta Dist.
Ph:0469-2662094/2661821(Extn -11/ 12)

Fax:0469–2662094, (M)9847298918 E.mail:


4.      Padmasree K. Viswanathan

Director, Mitraniketan

Mitranikethan P.O.,



0472- 2882045,15(M)


5.      Dr. C. Sureshkumar

General secretary, CISSA

MBC 27, Museum Bains Compound,


Thiruvananthapuram –695 003

Tele. 0471-2722151, (M) 9447205913



6.      Sri.G.Placid

Director, SAHAYI-Centre for Collective Learning and Action, Peroorkada PO,

Thiruvananthapuram – 695 005

0471 – 2434664(M) 9447134664


7.     Smt. Usha


H-3, Jawahar Nagar, Kawdiar P.O

Thiruvananthapuram -695003

0471-2727150 (O); 9447022775 (M)



8.      Dr. K.S. Shaiju

General secretary,  Indian Naturopathy & Yoga Graduate Medical Association (INYGMA)

Sree valsam, Killikavu Road, Kanniyampuram.P.O.

Ottapalam – 679 104, Palakkad

9497011044 , 9946748857(M)




9.      Sri. Shree Padre
Water Journalist
Post Vaninagar
Via: Perla – Kerala, 671 552
Phone: 04998 -266148