A horticulture expert’s efforts make Kolar jackfruit farm a tourist attraction

Truman Slate

The endeavours of a horticulture expert in the early 70s to market the potential of jackfruit seems to be yielding fruits now. A good case in point for this is a jackfruit farm set up by late Mari Gowda, the father of horticulture in Karnataka, who was also the Director of Horticulture in the point out in the 70s, in Kolar district of Karnataka.

BG Prakash, Dean of Higher education of Horticulture, Tamaka, Kolar district, stated the Tamaka jackfruit farm in the district was set up in the 70s by late Mari Gowda. He took endeavours to deliver distinct types of jackfruit from a variety of locations in the nation, and cultivate them in a dry-land place like Kolar.

With close to 1600 jackfruit trees, this farm is probably one of the major jackfruit farms in the nation. He stated that forty nine types of jackfruit are developed in this farm.

Stating that jackfruit crop has been attracting the attention of numerous people today now, he stated Tamaka jackfruit farm gets close to ten,000 tourists a year. A good quantity of college students are also browsing this farm, he stated.

Prakash stated this even though offering the inaugural deal with at a webinar on ‘jackfruit as crop of future’, organised by the Tamaka-based mostly Higher education of Horticulture on Friday. The faculty, which came into existence in 2009, is controlling this farm now.

Nagaraj KS, Assistant Professor at Fruit Science Department of the faculty, who addressed a complex session, highlighted the types recognized by farm universities in the nation.

He stated some of the farmers’ types are also in good demand. In truth, Gubbi and Tiptur taluks of Tumakuru district have numerous types of purple jackfruit.

He also highlighted the types developed and desired by the farmers in coastal Karnataka and Maharashtra.

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