Thiruvananthapuram: When a jacktree farm turned a sleepy village into agriculture hub / TOI

THRISSUR: There’s no ‘offseason’ for farmer Varghese Tharakan’s barely three-year old jacktree farm. His trees bear fruit at least twice a year. Jack trees in Asia normally have three to four month seasons starting March or April depending on the region.

The Ayurjack variety he has developed, alongside soil and water conservation practices on his farm, has drawn the attention of researchers too, with Australia’s Adelaide University studying the cultivation model he has developed.

Word of his farm has also made Kurumal Kunnu, once a small hamlet in Perur, 16 km from Thrissur in central Kerala, a centre of attraction. It draws hordes eager to learn about Ayurjack that yields fruit through the year.

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