Food processing units to get 25 per cent subsidy

Food processing units to get 25 per cent subsidy

One lakh jackfruit seedlings to be given to farmers to encourage its cultivation

Food processing units to get 25 per cent subsidy

sweet sight: Ministers S A Ravindranath and Umesh Katti at the workshop on ‘Jackfruit – A multipurpose tree', at the UAS premises on Friday. KPN

Announcing this here on Friday, Horticulture Minister Umesh V Katti said that the decision will be taken at the cabinet meeting scheduled on Saturday. "The large scale processing units are already receiving 25 per cent subsidy from the Central government. The State government will contribute another 25 per cent making it 50 per cent subsidy to those large scale food processing units with an investment up to  Rs 50 lakh," he said while addressing a national workshop on “Jackfruit - a multipurpose tree” organised at the Gandhi Krishi Vignan Kendra (GKVK), University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS), here on Friday.

Inaugurating the workshop, Agriculture Minister S A Ravindranath said that from the university, one lakh jackfruit seedlings will be given to farmers to encourage jackfruit cultivation in the State. "School children especially from the deprived section should be given fruits instead of packed food," he suggested.


Narasimhaiah, a ninth generation jackfruit grower from Doddaballapur, who owns a 300-year-old jackfruit tree in his farm was felicitated on the occasion. His father and forefathers had nurtured the tree from centuries.

According to Narasimhaiah, Sir M Vivesvaraya too had tasted the fruit from this tree when he was on a visit to Doddaballapur.

The Jack fruit Growers’ Association which came to existence in 2006 came as a boon to the farmers in Doddaballapur. With efforts from Dr K Narayana Gowda, Dean, College of Agriculture at UAS, these jackfruit growers were given a market to sell their fruits at realistic price.  

Association secretary Ravikumar said that the association began with just 20 farmers and now more than 60 farmers are its members.

"I have three jackfruit trees which yield around 300-350 fruits a year. We get good response during workshops and melas for our jackfruits giving us a good market," he said.  

Jackfruit can be grown in all seasons and in any climate, the fruit is largely grown in coastal areas where variety of eateries like chips, papad, pickles and jams are prepared.
Among jackfruits there are varieties such as Haladi Rudrashi, Kempu Chandra, Bangara and Gilinama Halasu. The University of Agriculture Sciences will be holding "Jackfruit Mela" on Saturday where farmers from all over the State are expected to participate along with their yield. The mela is open to the public to buy and taste.

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