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250 year Old Jack Fruit Tree To Be Given a “Historical Tree Status” in Karnataka

Abin Joseph
Abin Joseph
Jack Fruits On A Tree

A 250-year-old jackfruit tree located 40 kilometres from Bengaluru is said to be Karnataka's oldest tree of this species and one of the oldest in the country. The tree in Janagere village’s, Magadi taluk, is now in the spotlight as agricultural and horticultural specialists work to make it a "historical tree".

About the 250 year Old Jack Fruit Tree

With a large canopy, a height of 19.5 metres, and a trunk girth of 6.5 metres, the tree can be seen from a great way by people who come to this community during the summer to sample its fruits. The tree's owner, Ravish J.R., has fenced it to safeguard it. 

According to the Villagers of the Magadi Taluk Ravish J.R is the Tenth generation owner of the jack fruit tree. This 250-year-old jack fruit tree is loved by all the villagers as it's well known for its ability to continuously bear a large number of quality fruits every year. 

Every year, 300 fruits are produced by the jack fruit tree. "The tree produces 250 to 300 fruits each year, weighing between 8 and 20 kg." "Depending on the size, each fruit fetches 300 to 500 Rupees," says K. Narayana Gowda, former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Agricultural Sciences-Bengaluru, who is part of a four-member study team that inspected the tree to scientifically assess its characteristics in order to gain heritage status.

The scientists have submitted an application to the Central authorities, together with scientific evidence, in order to obtain heritage status for the tree. 

According to Aird (2005), a tree can be designated as a heritage tree based on a variety of factors. These characteristics, both material and non-material, distinguish the tree. The material qualities of the tree might be its age or size. It might also be the result of the tree's form or shape. It's also possible that the tree is a rare species or that it's on the verge of extinction. The non-material criteria are concerned with cultural and artistic issues. It's possible that the tree has a historical or cultural connection to a person, an event, or a location. It might also be a mythical or folkloric tree. 

This heritage status is specifically given to the trees to protect them and to also preserve any historical significance that they might have. 

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