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2023 Speakers

K Narayana Gowda

K Narayana Gowda, Speaker at Plant Science Conferences
International Society of Extension Education (INSEE), India
Title : Jackfruit ( artocarpus heterophyllus lam.) - a multipurpose tree for sustainable development in tropical regions of india and the globe


Jackfruit is native to India, with its origin from Western Ghats and spread across several states of South, East, West and North Eastern parts of India and many tropical countries. It grows as wild tree in its habitat. Now with selection of elite varieties and vegetative propagation methods, it is possible to get clonal plants for area expansion, early bearing  and varieties suitable for various purposes. The jackfruit is widely used by people as food source, the tender fruits as vegetable, mature fruits for preparation of value-added products as such chips, papad, flake and seed flour, which are having good amount of minerals as well as vitamins and fiber, thus providing low glycemic food for diabetic people. The ripe fruits are mainly used for direct consumption by all category of people, has many medicinal properties, used in preparation of jam, juice, squash, pulp for ice cream and sweets. The outer skin of the fruit as the delicious feed for animals. The tree gives very good quality timber and is extensively used in wooden carvings and preparation of musical instruments. The wood has termite resistant quality and long lasting, considered as auspicious, used in several south Indian temples as main door frame. The jackfruit tree is considered as evergreen tree and contributes for cool environment.  Leaves serve as fodder for animals and fallen leaves as good source of organic manure. One acre of Jackfruit can serve many needs of a farmer with good economic returns. The trees has rare quality of adaptability to sustain both in extreme drought and floods conditions besides the minimum care and low investments makes it a farmer friendly crop, can take care many generations since it lives for many centuries. Thus, it can be aptly called as second “ Kalpa Vruksha”  next to Coconut and contribute for food security and sustainability.


Prof. K. Narayana Gowda obtained his B.Sc. (Agri)–1973, M.Sc. (Agri)–1979 and Ph.D. during 1992 with distinction and gold medal from the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, Karnataka, India. Prof. Gowda had the rare opportunity of serving for 41 years in fourteen different distinct positions as a teacher, researcher, extension personnel and an able administrator both in India and abroad. Prof. Gowda guided 11 Masters and 11 Doctoral degree scholars in Agricultural Extension and Development Communication. Implemented successfully many research and development projects. Most important ones are; Identification of appropriate cropping patterns for the Tank Achkat areas of South Karnataka (1992), Development of Model for Doubling Farmers Income (2010), Developing and Standardising Farmers based organisations for sustainable development of Farmers (2010),Identification and Standardisation of varieties in Jackfruit besides value addition and Processing (2014), Developing model for Attracting Farm Youth in farming popularly called “Attracting and Retaining of Youth in Agriculture” (ARYA) (2014) and Rural Agricultural Work Experience Program model Popularly called “RAWEP”(2014). These models are replicated and implemented across the country. Prof. Gowda travelled widely across 18 countries both for participation and presentation of invited papers in the International Conferences. Many recognitions and awards are bestowed to him both individually and the institution that he served considering his vast contributions. Important ones are; Swamy Sahajananda Best Extension Scientist Award by ICAR during 2009, Life time achievement Award by the International Society of Extension Education presented by the President of India during 2013, UAS, Bangalore received most Prestigious Sardar Patel Best Institution Award of ICAR, 2014 from among 75 Farm Universities in the Country during my tenure as Vice Chancellor of UAS, Bangalore. 

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