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Bicol’s queen pineapple gets innovation boost from Department of Science and Technology

Bicol is an administrative region of the Philippines. This region’s queen pineapples received support from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) through the Science for Change Program (S4CP) by providing both products with innovation centers.

It is part of the aim of boosting the innovation capacity of every province in the country, through the Niche Centers in the Regions (NICER) for R&D, a sub-program of DOST-S4CP. DOST provided a total funding of P73 million for the establishment of innovation centers.

The Camarines Norte State College functions as the Queen Pineapple R&D Center in the country. The local fruit is being supported by six R&D projects with a total funding of P26 million. Through R&D, an application to identify the major pests of queen pineapples in Camarines Norte is being developed.

According to DOST, in the Philippines, the queen pineapple is the sweetest and best tasting variety. It is smaller in size than most pineapples, but is a more resilient crop and features a uniquely fragrant aroma. The queen pineapple is also the most popular cash-crop to the 12 municipalities and 282 barangays of Camarines Norte. 

[ P100 = € 1,70 ]

Source: mb.com.ph


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