Kerala Declares Jackfruit as Official Fruit of State (Download PDF)

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The Kerala government declared jackfruit as its official fruit. The official announcement in this regard was made by the State Agriculture Minister, in the State Assembly. The declaration would help in boosting the fruit’s production and sale, besides increasing its value-added products.

Image of Jackfruit Kerala's Official Fruit Declared

Image of Jackfruit Kerala’s Official Fruit Declared

Image of Jackfruit Kerala’s Official Fruit Declared

Aim of the Declaration

  • The aim is to promote the ‘Kerala jackfruit’ as a brand in markets across the country and abroad, showcasing its organic and nutritious qualities.

Key Facts on Kerala Jackfruit

  • Every year, around 32 crore jackfruits are produced in the State, of which 30 per cent gets wasted.
  • A total revenue of ₹15, 000 crore is expected through the sale of jackfruit and its allied products through branding of the fruit, Sunil Kumar said.
  • The fruit is more organic and tasty as it is produced in a very natural way without using any chemical fertilizers or pesticides.
  • There are also plans to distribute maximum jackfruit saplings among the public to grow it in their backyards as part of the plans to expand the cultivation.
  • The agricultural office in Ambalavayil in Wayanad will be used as a research station for jackfruit.
  • Elephant is the state animal of Kerala, while ‘great hornbill’ the bird and ‘kanikkonna’ the official flower.
  • The state had recently declared pearl spot, popularly known as ‘karimeen’, as its official fish.

Jackfruit

  • The jackfruit also known as jack tree, fenne, jakfruit, or sometimes simply jack or jak,
  • It is a species of tree in the fig, mulberry, and breadfruit family (Moraceae) native to southwest India.
  • The jackfruit is a multiple fruit, composed of hundreds to thousands of individual flowers, and it is the fleshy petals that are eaten.

- Published/Last Modified on: August 1, 2018

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