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For 25 years Shree Padre has been the editor of Adike Patrike, a Kannada agricultural magazine written by farmers for farmers. Photo:Thulasi Kakkat

The Hindu For 25 years Shree Padre has been the editor of Adike Patrike, a Kannada agricultural magazine written by farmers for farmers. Photo:Thulasi Kakkat

Agricultural journalist Shree Padre campaigns for the humble jackfruit to be back in the Indian meal

For six years now, agricultural journalist Shree Padre has been working to overturn one paradox: in lands where jackfruit is produced in abundance, it is wasted in abundance too; but when hoteliers conduct jackfruit festivals, plates are wiped clean in no time. “It’s not that there aren’t jackfruit lovers in our country,” says Padre, “It’s either that the jackfruit is considered too cumbersome to process at home, or that it is perceived in a bad light.”

Prior to Padre’s ardent jackfruit campaign, he was involved with the rain-water harvesting movement, encouraging non-chemical farming methods such as vermicomposting and was also one of the earliest to sound the alarm on Kerala’s endosulfan tragedy. All this through his 25 years as editor of Adike Patrike, a Kannada agricultural magazine written by farmers and circulated among the farming community in seven districts around Puttur in South Karnataka. For his work, he was recently awarded the fourth Disha Green Globe Award 2013, a biennial award conferred by Kochi-based NGO Disha Global.