Horticultural scientists of Karnataka are trying to get heritage status for a jackfruit tree, aged around 250 years and believed to be State’s oldest tree of this variety.
What makes this tree special is not just its age but also taste of its fruits and the ability of the tree to continuously bear a big number of quality fruits. The tree has contributed lakhs of seedlings and grafts.
Some villagers believe that it may have been one of the seedling progenies of early introduction of jackfruit in this area by the then Bengaluru chieftain Kempe Gowda.
India’s first food museum has been inaugurated in Thanjavur. The museum has been established by Food Corporation of India (FCI) in association with Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum (VITM), Bengaluru.
Models of various ancient grain storage methods, both global and indigenous, are displayed at the museum.
It depicts the foodgrain production scenario in India and across the globe and the challenges in storage.
The State Cabinet headed by Chief Minister Pema Khandu approved the large, brightly coloured Kaiser-i-Hind as the State butterfly.
The Cabinet also adopted the Pakke Tiger Reserve 2047 declaration on climate change-resilient and responsive Arunachal Pradesh aimed at lowering emissions and sustainable development.
Kaiser-i-Hind (Teinopalpusimperialis) literally means Emperor of India. This butterfly with a 90-120 mm wingspan is found in six States along the Eastern Himalayas at elevations from 6,000-10,000 feet in well-wooded terrain.
The butterfly is also found in Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam and southern China.