NEWS AND OPINION ON AGRICULTURE AND ALLIED SECTOR.
Wednesday 30 November 2011
JACKFRUIT IN TRIPURA: NOW AND THEN
Jackfruit is the name widely known in
Tripura because of its popularity and availability since long time. In Tripura,
there are different types of Jackfruit like soft pulp, hard pulp and small
sized to large sized with unique flavor, taste and reducing sugar content.
Jackfruit being the summer fruit comes up
during the month of May to July and sometime extends up to August.
Both ripened and tender fruit are used in
the state. Tender fruit is used as vegetable delicacy and ripened fruits are
consumed in fresh. There is a saying that every part of the jackfruit is useful
due to its various usages starting from fresh ripened fruit to timber of the
Jackfruit plant. Even the left over part of the fruit i.e., the pericarp is
also used as animal feed.
One of the important bye products of the
ripened Jackfruit is the seed which of good nutritive value with good starch
content. A mid sized fruit gives about 500 Grams of Jackfruit seeds.
scenario of Jackfruit:-
There was a time; Jackfruit was considered
to be one of the cheapest fruit in the state. A fruit used to be sold in mere
two to five rupees however; this has changed over times due to declining trends
of Jackfruit plantation in the state.
The department of agriculture is pursuing
to produce value added items from Jackfruit like Pickle, Beverage and Juice
etc. In the present market, it is full with Pineapple, Orange, Apple and Litchi
juice; a good and value added jackfruit product would fill the vacuum of canned
juice demands in the market.
The state Government is supporting the
entrepreneurship in this sector. Entrepreneur of the state can take up the
venture with diversified agriculture product based activities that would be
much appreciated in the state by ensuring employment and income avenues.