Eastern Visayas region

Philippines wants expansion of Region 8’s sweet jack fruit

The Philippines’ Department of Agriculture is aiming to triple the area planted with sweet variety of jackfruit in the eastern Visayas region by 2022. From the current 1,258 hectares planted with this jackfruit variety, the target is to expand the cultivated area to 4,409 hectares within the next four years.

Dubbed as the Eastern Visayas Integrated Agricultural Research Center (EVIARC) sweet variety, the fruit has special features such as natural sweetness, thickness of the yellow fruitlet and elliptical shape, said Dept of Agriculture regional field operations division chief Francisco Dayap on Monday.

Pna.gov.ph quoted Dayap as saying: “Eastern Visayas are one of the jackfruit-producing regions in the Philippines. Aside from the region’s climatic condition, which is favourable for the growth and development of jackfruit, the EVIARC in Abuyog, Leyte has even boosted the region’s reputation with the development of its sweet variety.”

The expanded area will increase the yield of jackfruit from 4 to 30 tons per hectare by 2022, if provided with the proper resources and techniques.

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