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Corona taught a lesson through watermelon to journalist

Published On : 29 May 2021   |  Reported By : Rons Bantwal

Jayaram on break from the newspaper and hotel industry in Mumbai

(Rons Bantwal)

Mumbai, May.27: Hosanagar taluk of Shivamogga district Sampadhamane Late Nagayya K.Shetty’s Son, KND journalists Association Maharashtra’s Jt.Secretary Jayaram N. Shetty, an emerging journalist who is a successful man in Mumbai. He was living in the city with his brother Sadaram N.Shetty in charge of Shri Chittari Hospitality Services LLP. But the corona lockdown period has made this young talent magazine take a break from the hotel industry and now Jayaram Shetty, who is leaving Mumbai and has dreamed of becoming a watermelon jaggery maker in his hometown.


Farmers in Shimoga district have cultivated thousands of watermelon on a one thousand acre farm. The fruits are rotting there without getting the right price. It breaks the farmers heart to see their crops and their hard work go in vain; Jayaram Shetty says that I am one of them. Jaggery has been in use since ancient times and has been an integral part of the food culture of Indians. Prepared only with sugarcane, coconut and palm. Sugarcane jaggery is the most popular. In fact, jaggery is being used for therapeutic and pharmaceutical purposes. Not only is jaggery a natural and healthy sweetener compared to sugar, its mineralogical benefits are beneficial to the body. The jaggery is rich in calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium and phosphorus and also contains zinc, copper, thiamin, riboflavin and niacin. Studies have shown that jaggery contains B vitamins, certain amount of plant proteins and photochemical and antioxidants. The reality is that many utility beads have many potential benefits, such as cleanse the whole body, especially digestion, prevent anemia, improve immune function, glucose control and weight loss, especially during the winter. Convinced and considering the pros and cons of watermelon jaggery, also the fact that the watermelon grown is not in demand.

The self-grown watermelon has been stored in the Rasahindi home on Wednesday and boiled in koppari which made about ten cans, about 250 kilos. Jaggery yielded only 10% of the three tons of the fruit. In addition to producing jaggery which is made nothing else like lime, color or chemical; Pure Ayurveda Bella was made with remaining juice. No Waste ... Same Taste ... This is as sweet and flavorful as sugar cane jaggery.

Going to hometown during the lockdown, he also started a small hotel in his hometown but due to the current lockdown the hotel remains closed. He said we have about 7 employees and they are all from Bihar, Uttar Pradesh; if they go back, they won't come back. So I have brought together all these crops and instead of leaving the crop to rot, you can make profit but coming up with something new and healthy. Jayaram Shetty says that although this organic jaggery is worth at least Rs.275/- the Watermelon peel and dried seed can also be used for cattle feed. Leftovers can be effectively used as a fertilizer. But it is very sad that the crop is so rotting instead of being enjoyed during these hot weather.

Therefore, the Government, the Minister of Agriculture and Horticulture, the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Agriculture should consider helping the farmers to sell their crops or to at least sell the products made with those crops. Jayaram Shetty has appealed the Karnataka Government to encourage growers to prepare something from this crop.



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