Tak­ing roots

Down to Earth - - COVER STORY -

While In­dia con­tin­ues to ne­glect jack­fruit, coun­tries across the world have been pro­mot­ing its pro­duc­tion and trade


A rel­a­tively re­cent grower of jack­fruit, it has be­come a big ex­porter, mainly to the US

Sri Lanka:

With 50,000 ha un­der cul­ti­va­tion, Sri Lanka pro­duces 1.5 mil­lion tonnes of jack­fruit an­nu­ally. Since 2000, the gov­ern­ment has been giv­ing free train­ing to street ven­dors, women and en­trepreneurs in min­i­mal pro­cess­ing of the fruit


The coun­try saw an in­crease in the area un­der jack­fruit cul­ti­va­tion from 23,720 ha to 50,000 ha in the past two decades


A re­port pub­lished by the Asia Pa­cific As­so­ci­a­tion of Agri­cul­tural Re­search shows that

the pro­duc­tion of jack­fruit, the coun­try's na­tional fruit, in­creased from 0.257 mil­lion tonnes in 1992 to 1.5 mil­lion tonnes

in 2012


The coun­try started jack­fruit plan­ta­tion in 1999, and is per­haps the only one to en­cour­age plant­ing of jack­fruit on road­sides as

an av­enue tree


Land un­der jack­fruit cul­ti­va­tion in­creased to 55,000 ha in 2010 from 6,000 ha in 2000. Apart from en­cour­ag­ing plan­ta­tion, Malaysia's Fed­eral Agri­cul­ture Mar­ket­ing Au­thor­ity of­fers

mar­ket­ing sup­port

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