The prickly pear might not be acquainted as an edible fruit prepared for consumption, however its juice may change into the most-preferred ‘fruit beverage’ quickly.
India’s Nationwide Biodiversity Authority (NBA) has authorised the applying of Sri Venkateswara College’s Division of Science and Expertise – Promotion of College Analysis and Scientific Excellence (DST-PURSE) Centre for the method of producing blended fruit squash with prickly pear. With this, the varsity has inched nearer to getting the Mental Property Proper.
The dual challenges forward of the staff embody making certain large-scale manufacturing of the plant that’s at the moment believed to haven’t any industrial worth and the necessity to educate the general public and promote the nutrition-packed fruit as a conventional, endemic and sustainable various to the international fruits which have flooded the market.
“[The] prickly pear is a under-utilised fruit, however its widespread availability. It’ll change into a success identical to kiwi and different fruits which weren’t in style until a decade again,” Dr. Chennakesava Reddy informed thehindu.com.
The staff has grand plans for commercialisation as soon as the patent is sanctioned within the close to future. This, the analysis staff expects, wouldn’t solely change the facade of the arid lands and the cropping selections of farmers, but in addition deliver locally-grown dietary dietary supplements throughout the attain of the poor.