- The Department of Agriculture intensified its research and development on jackfruit
- DA-BAR funded a VSU project focusing on increasing the productivity and raising the competitiveness of jackfruit
- DA-BFAR also funded UPLB to explore ways to improve the characterization, conservation and utilization of jackfruit
TACLOBAN CITY, Eastern Visayas – The Department of Agriculture (DA) has been continuously strengthening its support to research and development related to jackfruit.
The introduction of “EVIARC Sweet”, named after its developer Eastern Visayas Integrated Agricultural Research (DA-EVIARC), enabled the region to be recognized as the “jackfruit capital of the country.”
The variety was registered via the National Seed Industry Council in 2007.
From 2010 to 2013, DA-EVIARC collaborated with VSU and introduced technology interventions on jackfruit production and processing through community-based participation. The project was funded by the Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR).
Since then, the research support on jackfruit R&D initiatives was given a significant boost.
DA-BAR and VSU joined forces to research on production of chitin and chistosan from chitin-containing crustacean
exosk eleton wastes which are reported to induce resistance against several diseases that may have the potential to control jackfruit decline.
The researchers were able to identify the most effective chitin and chitosan source and the most effective method of treatment application. However, these are not readily available to local farmers yet.
DA-BAR also funded another VSU project on increasing the productivity and raising the competitiveness of the jackfruit through science-based manipulation of production of fruits to support fresh market and processing industries.
The project sought to develop techniques to increase female flower production of jackfruit trees, for off-season/continuous flowering and fruiting in jackfruit, and for improved fruit development, and to improve nutrient management.
The agricultural research bureau gave a funding support to the University of the Philippines Los Baños to explore ways to improve the characterization, conservation and utilization of jackfruit and its related endemic species through the creation of quick, cost-effective and reliable identification, monitoring and characterization scheme using DNA barcodes, georeferenced maps, and characterization profiles.