APEDA flags off Jackfruit, Passion fruit &Nutmeg products from Kerala to Australia
The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) facilitated exports of the first consignment of various value-added and nutri-rich products derived from Jackfruit, Passion fruit and Nutmeg (Jaiphal) sourced from farmers in Thrissur, Kerala, to Melbourne, Australia.
These products claim to have a shelf life of more than one year. APEDA is promoting exports of value-added and health products as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s aim for achieving US $ 400 billion merchandise exports by 2021-22.
M Angamuthu, Chairman, APEDA and T V Subhash, Director of Agriculture, Kerala, Exporter and Importer, and other officials of APEDA took part in the virtual flag-off ceremony held on 5 October 2021.
In the current fast-food era, consumers’ preference is shifting towards healthy food. The gluten-free products prepared from healthy options like Jackfruit, Passion fruit etc are providing a viable alternative against the consumption of fast food.
Jackfruit, which originated in WesternGhats, was declared the state fruit of Kerala in March 2018. The largest tree-borne fruit is dense in fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals, and tropical fruit is the popular meat substitute among vegans due to its protein content. In addition to fruit, seed and pulp, Jackfruit leaves, bark, inflorescence and latex are also used in traditional medicines.
With the growing awareness of the health and nutritional properties of the fruit and the sustained efforts of Jackfruit farmers and entrepreneurs across the country, it is anticipated that Jackfruit will become the most sought-after fruit in the coming years. The major export destinations of Jackfruit are Singapore, Nepal, Qatar, and Germany.
Passion fruit is a nutritious tropical fruit rich in antioxidants, vitamins and fiber. It is a beneficial fruit with a healthful nutrition profile essential for skin, vision & immune systems.
Because of the richness, massive market potential, and the unlimited number of benefits these fruits provide, there are huge opportunities for expanding exports of its innovative products.