Mangalore, June 28: S D Sampath Samrajya,president,Dakshina Kannada Krishika Samaja has inaugurated the two-day jackfruit fair-2013 jointly organized by Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Mangalore and Karnataka veterinary and fisheries science university,Bidar at Fisheries college, Ekkur,Mangalore
Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayath CEO Dr K N Vijayaprakash speaking at the inaugural function of the Mela said that people need to be educated on the agricultural aspect. The fruit is losing its ground in the market and is not able to sustain, he added.
He also said that the Zilla Panchayat has initiated schemes to sow the saplings around schools, hospitals, colleges, and government office premises.
He further said that Markanja in Sullia has implemented the ‘Saalu Mara Scheme’ for sowing saplings of beautiful trees. The government has allotted Rs 296 lakhs for the year 2012-2013 under the scheme, he informed.
The government will plant the jackfruit plants in 838 hectare in district and 5421 hectares in state. The jackfruit contains rich lactine which is essential for human beings, hence awareness must be created among the people on the use of jackfruit, he said.
Dr K M Shankar, Dean University of Fisheries delivered the presidential address.
Dr D Chandrashekar Chowda, P Mohan, Dr Varanashi Krishna Murthy,Yogish,Shakuntala were the chief guests.
The exhibition displayed jackfruit saplings of various breeds like Dose Bakke, Bada Pasand, Utthama Bakke, Lakshmi Bakke, Sarvada and other hybrid saplings too.
Several food items prepared out of jackfruit including jackfruit juice, jam, squash, ‘Saat’, papad, pickle, fry and namkeen were on display and sale.