Round Table Consultation on Medicinal properties of Jack Fruit

Round Table Consultation on

Medicinal properties of Jack Fruit

(For Medical Practitioners of different Systems, Nutrition experts and Scientists)

16 September, 2015 (Wednesday), 10.00 am  to 5.00 pm

Gandhi Bhavan, Thycaud, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala


Practitioners of Modern Medicine and Indigenous systems of Medicine have their own views regarding Jack fruit and its medicinal properties. Few practitioners have done studies on the matter. JPC in its endeavor to promote Jack fruit consider it as a need of the hour to bring together practitioners of various systems of medicine and nutrition experts to share their findings and observations. The Mathrubhoomi which has recently published a series of article on Jack fruit has kindly consented to be a Partner.

This unique get together will also throw light on research to be carried out. Dr. B. Padmakumar, Professor, General Medicine, Govt. Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram has kindly consented to deliver the Key note address. Dr. P.Remani, Additional Professor & Head, Division of Cancer Research, Regional Cancer Centre, Thiruvananthapuram  Dr. K. R. Jayakumar, Medical Officer,  Govt. Naturopathic Hospital, Varkala, and others will present papers. Mr. James Joseph, Founder of will present his observations. Mr. Shree Padre, Editor, Adike Pathrike will moderate the sessions.

The program will be held on 16 September (Wednesday)  at Gandhi Bhavan, Thycaud, Thiruvananthapuram from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm. This program is exclusively for medical practitioners and researchers by invitation. Those interested may kindly send the copies of their paper by email so that the same can be circulated.

The findings of the program will be presented at the valedictory session at 4.00pm. The concerned ministers are expected to participate.

Attached  registration form which may kindly be filled and returned by e.mail to: before 1 September.

L.Pankajakshan                                                                                         General Secretary, JPC                                                                                    (M) 8281623082, 9287548234


Special Consultation on Scope and Opportunities of Value added Jack fruit Products 03.08.2015 (3.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m)


Special Consultation on Scope and Opportunities of Value added Jack fruit Products

(Developing strategies for optimum use of Jack fruit and conservation of Jack fruit tree)

Date: 03.08.2015 (3.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m)

Venue: M.D’s Chamber, State Horticulture Mission,

(Near Jubilee Memorial Hospital) Palayam, Thiruvananathapuram.

Dear Sir/Madam,

Greetings from JPC and Santhigram!

We are happy to invite you for a special consultation program on the scope and opportunities of jack fruit value-added products to be conducted from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m on 03.08.2015. at M.D’s Chamber, State Horticulture Mission, Thiruvananathapuram.

As you very well know, jack fruit is becoming the star attraction of people interested in sustainable food security/ food sovereignty of Kerala. The National Jack Fruit Festival held at Aranmula in June this year was a big success. It was followed by developments, such as the launching of a jack fruit processing unit by Sri. Subhash Koroth, Kanoor, with an investment of more than one crore rupees, the inauguration of a processing unit by Ex-Servicemen’s Co-operative Colony, Vettilappara, interest expressed by several entrepreneurs to start similar ventures and so forth. Of late Mathrubhoomi Daily carried a serial on the possibilities offered by jack fruit, followed by an editorial on ‘Jack Fruit Revolution’. These are important developments for us who are committed to promoting jack fruit as an alternative food for Keralites as well as making maximum use of this wonderful natural resource for the benefit of farmers, entrepreneurs and the state economy.

While jack fruit offers tremendous scope and opportunities for farmers and industrialists, there are serious problems and bottlenecks that pose challenges and threats in terms of Capital, Machinery, Technologies, Skill development, Networking, Marketing etc. It is important that we come together to share and discuss the issues and concerns and collectively seek out solutions. The special consultation is aimed at this. Important individuals, groups and institutions involved in jack fruit processing, value-addition and marketing have agreed to participate in this very important consultation. We are happy to invite as well as request you to attend this program. Kindly confirm your participation by Phone (Mobile: 8281623082, 9287548234, ) or e.mail.

Yours Sincerely

Rufus Daniel, Chairperson

L.Pankajakshan,General Secretary


Phone: 0471-2269780, 6452511 (M) 9287548234, 8281623082

Three day Free Training on Value Added Products from Jack Fruit (1-3 August 2015)

ചക്കയില്‍ നിന്നുള്ള മൂല്യവര്‍ദ്ധിത ഉല്‍പ്പന്നങ്ങൾ : സൗജന്യ പരിശീലനം

ഇന്നുമുതല്‍ (01/08/2015) ചപ്പാത്ത് ശാന്തിഗ്രാമില്‍

നെയ്യാറ്റിന്‍കര: ഭാരത സര്‍ക്കാ൪ മാനവവിഭവശേഷി മന്ത്രാലയത്തിന്‍റെ കീഴിൽ നെയ്യാറ്റിന്‍കര ഗവ പോളിടെക്നിക് കോളേജിൽ പ്രവര്‍ത്തിക്കുന്ന കമ്മ്യൂണിറ്റി ഡെവലപ്പ്മെന്‍റ് ത്രൂ പോളിടെക്നിക് സ്കീ൦, ജാക്ക് ഫ്രുട്ട് പ്രൊമോഷൻ കൗണ്‍സിൽ, നബാര്‍ഡ് എന്നിവയുടെ സഹകരണത്തോടെ ചപ്പാത്ത് ശാന്തിഗ്രാ൦ ചക്കയിൽ നിന്നുള്ള മൂല്യവര്‍ദ്ധിത ഉല്‍പ്പന്നങ്ങളുടെ നിര്‍മ്മാണത്തിൽ സൗജന്യപരിശീലനം നല്‍കുന്നു. ചക്ക ഉല്‍പ്പന്ന നിര്‍മ്മാണ പ്രവര്‍ത്തനത്തിൽ ഏര്‍പ്പെട്ടിരിക്കുന്നവ൪, സംരംഭകരാകാൻ താല്പരൃമുള്ളവ൪ക്കായി ചപ്പാത്ത് ശാന്തിഗ്രാമിൽ വച്ച് നടത്തുന്ന പരിശീലനം ഇന്ന് (01/08/2015) രാവിലെ 10 ന് ജില്ലാ പഞ്ചായത്ത്‌ വൈസ് പ്രസിഡന്‍റ് റൂഫസ് ഡാനിയേ ഉദ്ഘാടനം ചെയ്യും. പോളിടെക്നിക് കോളേജ് പ്രിന്‍സിപ്പാൾ പി ശൈലേന്ദ്രൻ മുഖ്യപ്രഭാഷണം നടത്തും. സംസ്ഥാന ശാസ്ത്ര സാങ്കേതിക പരിസ്ഥിതി കൗണ്‍സിൽ ജോ: ഡയറക്റ്റര്‍ ഡോ: അജിത്‌പ്രഭു, നബാര്‍ഡ് ജില്ലാ മാനേജ൪ സിന്ധു നാഗേഷ് എന്നിവ൪ മുഖ്യാതിഥികൾ ആയിരിക്കും. ശാന്തിഗ്രാം ചെയര്‍മാൻ ആ൪ കെ സുന്ദരം അദ്ധ്യക്ഷത വഹിക്കും.

ഓഗസ്റ്റ് 3 വരെ നടക്കുന്ന പരിശീലനത്തിന് ഓണ്‍നസ് ഫുഡ്‌ പ്രോഡക്ട്സ് മാനേജിംഗ് ഡയറക്ട൪ എ രമണകുമാ൪, ആലപ്പുഴ കൃഷിവിജ്ഞാനകേന്ദ്രം സബ്ജക്റ്റ് മാറ്റ൪ സ്പെഷ്യലിസ്റ്റ്  ജെസിജോര്‍ജ് , തളിപ്പറമ്പ് ആര്‍ട്ടോകാര്‍പസ് ഫുഡ്‌ പ്രോഡക്ട്സ് മാനേജിംഗ് ഡയറക്റ്റ൪    സുഭാഷ്‌ കോറോത്ത് ജാക്ക്ഫ്രൂട്ട് പ്രൊമോഷന്‍ കൗണ്‍സിൽ സെക്രട്ടറി എൽ പങ്കജാക്ഷൻ തുടങ്ങിയവ൪ നേതൃത്വം നല്‍കുന്നു.

കൂടുതല്‍ വിവരങ്ങള്‍ക്ക്: 0471-2227677, 9497004409, 0471-2269780.

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Chakka Express Flagged off to New Delhi


Chakka Express Flagged off to New Delhi

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 Thiruvananthapuram: Chakka express  with the message of “Eat jackfruit – safest Fruit & vegetable” to New Delhi attached with Kerala express (No.12625) was flagged off jointly by Rufus Daniel (Chairperson, Jackfruit Promotion Council and Vice President, Thiruvananthapuram District Panchayat), Rajesh Agarwal (Divisional Railway Manager (DRM), Southern Railway, Thiruvananthapuram), N. Vijayan (Additional Director of Agricultural Marketing) and K.C Rugmini Devi (Joint Director of Agriculture, State Horticulture Mission (SHM). A. Sunder (Senior Divisional Commercial Manager), V. Rajeevan (Aditional Divisional railway Manager),   T.P.K.Sivadas (Station Manager) and Biju Simon (General Secretary, Kerala Agricultural Officers Association) were present.

1 tone of tender Jackfruit which is a favorite vegetable of North Indians was despatched by train for the first time from Kerala. Based on demands tender Jackfruit will be despatched at regular intervals. This is a joint initiative of jackfruit promotion Council (JPC), State Horticulture Mission and Southern Railway, Thiruvananthapuram Division.

C.P.John (Member, State Planning board), DRM Rajesh Agarwal, Dr.K.Prathapan (Director, State Horticulture Mission) and Jackfruit Promotion Council (JPC) were behind the idea.


General Secretary, Jackfruit Promotion Council (JPC)

(M) 9287548234

State level Workshop on Exploring the Entrepreneurial Possibilities in Jack Fruit

 State level Workshop on 

Exploring the Entrepreneurial Possibilities in Jack Fruit

7 & 8 September 2012

Venue: Kerala State Veterinary Council, Peroorkada, Thiruvananthapuram

Jointly organized by

State Horticulture Mission (SHM) – Kerala & Jackfruit Promotion Council (JPC)

 As per the direction of Agriculture Production Commissioner (APC), SHM & JPC are jointly organizing a two day workshop on Exploring the Entrepreneurial Possibilities in Jack Fruit on 7& 8 (Friday and Saturday) September 2012 at Kerala State Veterinary Council, Peroorkada, Thiruvananthapuram.

 The main objectives of the workshop:

  • Explore the opportunities of Jack fruit based products development.
    • Identification of value added products which can be developed from jack fruit.
    • Techno feasibility analysis of each product identified.
    • Prioritization of the products
    • Preparation of product based project report & its economic feasibility analysis
    • Preparation of action plan for the establishment of a resource centre for providing training, product development, research etc

We cordially invite you to attend this programme. A line of confirmation on or before 3September 2012 will be highly appreciated. Actual travel expenses (2 AC train fare for out station participants) on production of ticket, boarding and lodging (arranged at Kerala State Veterinary Council) will be met by us.

You are requested to come prepared to contribute for the preparation of project proposal and also to bring samples of value added products if any to exhibit.

Dr. K. Prathapan                                                           L. Pankajakshan

Mission Director, SHM                                                General Secretary, JPC

People’s Bio-diversity Festival

Dear friends,

We warmly invite you to participate in the ‘People’s Biodiversity Festival: Unity for Diversity,’ from October 13 to 16, 2012, at the Exhibition Grounds, Nampalli, Hyderabad, bringing together a large number of groups from all over India and other countries.

The event will be a festive gathering of people in celebration of our rich biodiversity of crops, flora, fauna, and our vibrant and colorful bio-cultural heritage.

We hope you will join us!

More information and contact details are given below, followed by a note on our shared concerns, and why we are having this Festival to coincide with the international Convention on Biological Diversity.

With warm wishes,

‘People’s Bio-diversity Festival’ team

People’s Bio-diversity Festival

 Unity for Diversity’

(October 13 to 16, 2012 at Exhibition Grounds, Nampalli, Hyderabad)

 Themes and Objectives:

·         Celebrating and protecting our rich biodiversity of crops, flora, fauna; and sustainable bio-cultural heritage

·         Safe-guarding the rights of farmers, adivasis, forest-dwellers, hill folk, fisher folk, future generations

·         Promoting and supporting holistic ecological agriculture and bio-diverse forestry for local needs and health

·         Conserving and regenerating natural wealth, sustainable livelihoods & traditional knowledge

·         Adopting a people’s manifesto for biodiversity as a collective, open-source heritage, free of private Intellectual Property Rights; and reclaiming farmers’ crop varieties from institutional germplasm banks

·         Local, regional, national and global networking for policy correction and collaboration


·         Display of several thousand heritage seed varieties of various crops/plants

·         Diverse indigenous breeds of life-stock

·         Direct interaction with farmers, seed savers, indigenous peoples and activists

·         Posters, photographs, documentation

·         Talks, presentations, workshops, discussions, seminars

·         Film screenings and cultural programmes, including song, music and tribal dance

·         Display and sale of books, ecological products, traditional arts and crafts

·         Seed exchange and sharing

·         Sale of indigenous, organic foods – to eat or take away

Participation: All who share our concerns are welcome to join. Registration for events and exhibition space will be on a first come – first served basis. So book early for your space and event!

Outreach Target: Citizens, farmers, youth, media, opinion and policy makers, international delegates to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and people at large. (At least 1,000 visitors are expected each day)

Organizational Process:

Collaborative and transparent, with voluntarily shared responsibilities and expenses; core group coordination and sub-group teams for various organizational functions, including: participant enrolment; sponsorship support; local assistance for outstation participants; venue arrangements; programme and cultural events; publicity and outreach mobilization; media contact, etc.

Call for:

·         Early confirmation of participation, stating the subject and nature of your proposed presentation/event/ exhibition, and a brief note about your group and its activity

(In view of the Navratri-Dussera festival beginning from the 16th Oct, you would also need to book your travel and return journey well in advance!)

·         Voluntary support for sharing organizational responsibility and/or expenses, indicating the  time/skills/ sponsorship you can offer

·         Please also widely publicize the Festival among whoever may be interested

Stall Booking:

About 60 exhibition stalls (approximately 10 ft x 10 ft) are available, each with 2 tables, 3 chairs, lights and fan. These will be available for setting up one day before the Festival begins, ie from the 12th October. No cost will be charged for booking a stall, but any voluntary contributions from those who can pay are welcome, and much needed.

Travel, Accommodation, Food, Local Transportation, etc.

We are trying to arrange simple, inexpensive accommodation not too far from the Festival venue. However, we request you to bear your own travel and food costs, and to bring all your exhibition materials, seeds, posters, etc. with you. To avoid the difficulties of daily local transportation to and from the Festival venue (and also to reduce accommodation expenses), participants are encouraged to camp at their own stall or adjoining open space at the Exhibition Ground, sharing the common toilet facilities available. For those requiring better hotel accommodation, a local hosting support team will try to assist you if you inform your needs & budget well in advance.

Contacts for enrolment/information:

Jacob Nellithanan Mob: 09425560950

Bharat Mansata Mob: 09967371183

Ram Prasad Mob: 09849422642

Shashank Rajwadi Mob: 07842439062

Background ‘Concept Note’ Unity for Diversity

Why are we having a ‘People’s Biodiversity Festival’ at the same time as the international Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) at Hyderabad?

This is the ‘International Decade of Biodiversity’, as designated by the United Nations. Two decades ago, the world adopted the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), which called for: (1) its conservation; (2) its sustainable use; and (3) the fair and equitable sharing of its benefits. This year, the CBD meets in October at Hyderabad to review its sad record of non-achievement, and the scaling down of its aspiration. But given current trends and indications, there seems little hope for any significant corrective outcome from the official government delegates to revitalize this once promising international treaty, unless strongly pressurized by people.

Presently, the CBD is gravely compromised, having bent backwards to accommodate the needs of big industry and capital, at the cost of the basic life support needs of common people. By capitulating to Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) on life forms and plant/crop varieties, it has effectively allowed the carving of private slices of the ‘genetic pie’ – at the cost of ecological sustainability and social equity. The ‘access’ to our rich heritage of crop germplasm, and the ‘benefits’ accruing from it have largely been cornered by a few big multi-national corporations, while the sharing between communities has declined.

Recently, the Wall Street Journal broke fresh news of what may well be called ‘The Great Gene Bazaar’. It reported that the Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR) would offer MNCs around 400,000 (seed) varieties of native germplasm, audaciously adding that ICAR would even be willing “to accept a small share of the profit!”  The ICAR Deputy Director General, Mr. Swapan Datta’s sales-talk on the fabulously rich fare offered for a song is – “We have crops that are being grown and adapted very naturally to different geographies. So we have drought-tolerant rice, terminal-heat tolerant wheat and salinity-tolerant crop varieties.”

 It is no secret that the agri-business MNCs promote unsustainable monocultures of Genetically Modified (GM) crops and commercial hybrids – grown with high inputs of increasingly expensive and scarce fossil-fuel energy, chemicals and water – leaving a trail of toxicity and greenhouse gases. Instead we need bio-diverse, self-reliant ecological farming with locally evolved or adapted, open-pollinated seeds, providing wholesome yields in a sustainable and healthy manner.

 The eleventh Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity, to be held from October 8 to 19, 2012 at Hyderabad, is expected to bring together tens of thousands of people from all over the globe. There is great urgent need to avail this opportunity to unitedly press upon the world, and our own people and policy makers, our core concerns. Our heritage of biodiversity (including agro-diversity) and related knowledge, can best be conserved as a collective commons, governed by the ethic of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbukam’ – the earth is one family. The narrow market view – lobbied by large corporates for carving out slices of exclusionary Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) over our collective genetic wealth – will ultimately preside over its demise, rather than conservation.

 Most of us do not and cannot accept the naked attempts to privatize our precious agro-biodiversity heritage. While some may be planning to protest and campaign against these moves at the CBD gathering at Hyderabad in October, the fragmented nature of independent initiatives is sure to dilute their impact, enabling powerful economic interests to run roughshod over our concerns. The only hope lies in adopting a strong, united platform at a separate gathering in Hyderabad, coinciding with the CBD.

 To protect the sanctity of our genetic and ecological commons – held in collective trusteeship for shared benefit and for passing on to future generations – we need to adopt an Open-source Heritage Registry of our biological and agricultural diversity and related knowledge, free from any exclusionary IPRs. We also need to assert the rights of our farmers to simplified, facilitated access to our many thousands of crop varieties in national and international germplasm banks, originally collected from our own farmlands, and having evolved through the cumulative innovations, adaptations and selections of many generations of our farmers. Return access is our inalienable right.

 At a broader level, the onslaught of indiscriminate and reckless urban- industrial expansion – including forest mining, big dams, and large polluting/hazardous power plants – seizing and destroying our bio-heritage commons, violates the fundamental rights of many millions of farmers and indigenous peoples, including forest-dwellers, hill folk, fisher folk, etc, undermining the means of their sustainable livelihoods and healthy survival, provided by nature. This too cannot go unchallenged. Nor can the violence, indeed devastation, unleashed on other creatures, birds, bees, earthworms, fish, … and myriad other life forms, found only on our rare planet, and nowhere else that we know.

 The proposed ‘Peoples’ Biodiversity Festival/Mela’ is thus an endeavor and appeal for a united front and campaign, reflecting our shared concerns, to be jointly presented at Hyderabad from October 13 to 16, 2012, and continued beyond. The event will hopefully lay the foundation for ongoing sharing and cooperation – for wider dissemination of our seed wealth and biodiversity-related knowledge for inclusive, ecological self-reliance in harmony with nature; and for sustained peoples’ pressure for public policy correction towards such purpose.

But alongside the challenges, is the celebration of all that we are still so fortunate to have. And so, the People’s Biodiversity Festival will be vibrantly festive and colourful, with irrepressible energy.

Let us celebrate the infinite imagination of nature

Let us live and let live!”

Declare Jackfruit Tree as the National Fruit Tree – Jackfruit Promotion Council (JPC)


(A National Platform for the Promotion of Jackfruit for Local food security)

Press Release                                                                                                                                                                                    20.07.2012

Declare Jackfruit Tree ‘National Fruit Tree’

                                                                                                                                                                – Jackfruit Promotion Council (JPC)

Thiruvananthapuram: The first state level workshop on jack fruit requested the state and central governments to declare Jackfruit tree  ‘National Fruit Tree’, as an effective response to global warming and food security, and also to make legal provisions for the control of felling of jackfruit trees.

The workshop jointly organized by Jackfruit Promotion Council (JPC), Santhigram & Mitraniketan with the support of Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment, was inaugurated by K. Viswanathan, Director, Mitraniketan. P.T Mathew, President, Kerala Grama Panchayat Association and Rufus Daniel, Vice President, Thiruvananthapuram District Panchayat were the chief guests. Shree Padre, noted Environmentalist and Editor of Adike Patrike (Kannada farm Journal) and C.D. Suneesh (Ruchi Farmers Network, Wayanad) shared their Sreelankan  experience of Jackfruit and its value added products. Papers were presented by resource persons, including A. Issac Singh (SPIN Network, Tamil Nadu), P.M Dev, V.S Kannan, Dr. J.R. Reghu Ramdas, Dr. Rajani Chandran, A. Ramanakumar,  K.B Madan Mohan, Ajith Venniyoor and G. Palcid (Director, SAHAYI).

The workshop evolved an action plan to promote jackfruit and allied products as  vegetable, fruit, and drink. It also emphasized the importance of jackfruit as a cattle feed. Guidelines for Panchayats for using jackfruit for local food security were developed and  presented to the Gram Panchayat Association.

Outlines of project by JPC aimed at conservation and propagation of jackfruit tree as well as production and marketing of value added jackfruit products were worked out and an action plan was developed for presenting to the State Planning Board and State Horticulture Mission for support.

The workshop emphasized the need for Government permission to manufacture and sell jackfruit products including wine and granting of sales tax exemption. It was also suggested that jackfruit tree and other fruit bearing trees be planted along roadsides and unutilized government lands. The need to recognize jackfruit farmers and innovators in the area of value added products was pointed out. Another important suggestion was that Jackfruit be included in the school and college curriculum. There was unanimity among the participants on the importance of organizing jackfruit festivals from the local level to the national level.

L. Pankajakshan

General Secretary, JPC

(M) 9287548234


Workshop on “Potential of diversification of Jackfruit products” at Mitraniketan, Vellanad, Thiruvananthapuram

The workshop titled “Potential of diversification of Jackfruit products”  conducted from 18-20 June 2012 at Mitraniketan, Vellanad, Thiruvananthapuram with the support of  KSCSTE was duly conducted.It was attended by 21 persons including experts and technicians. The discussions and deliberations were very productive, resulting in two important out comes:

(1) Out line of the proposal to be submitted to the  state Planning board

(2) Guidelines for Panchayath in Kerala.


JPC Project Guideline to Panchayat

JPC State proposal 5.7.12 to Core group discussion