Jack Fruit Processing Success Story
Anula Sirisena is a Sri Lankan housewife who lives in a village and has seven jackfruit trees on her piece of land.
About seven years ago Anula’s life changed for the better. She enrolled at the Horticulture Crop Research and Development Institute (HORDI) run by the Sri Lankan government’s Ministry of Agriculture. HORDI taught her to make sambal, chutney and pickle from tender jackfruit, called polos in Sinhala.
Anula now runs a microenterprise in jackfruit products under the Samanala brand name. Samanala means butterfly. The neatly packaged and labelled products are retailed at the Ministry of Agriculture’s sales centre in Peradeniya. Anula produces a few other processed foodstuffs too. Her family now earns 50,000 Sri Lankan rupees a year