Tamarind Research & Development & Extension Center
The Pampanga Agricultural College developed the ‘Aglibut Sweet’ and is now promoting it for large scale planting not only in Central Luzon but also in other parts of the country. ‘Aglibut Sweet’ is the first sweet tamarind registered under the BPI – National Seed Industry Council (NSIC).
Despite the advantages and potentials of growing ‘Aglibut Sweet,’ the Philippines has yet to develop a strong industry for this commodity of great economic importance. The government should therefore promote the commercialization of this crop.
The ‘Aglibut Sweet’ tamarind has been very instrumental in the creation and establishment of institutional partnerships like DA-BAR, CHED, NEDA, DOST-PCARRD. However, much work has yet to be done. Distributed and planted grafted seedlings in different areas around the country must be monitored and evaluated to determine its growth and production performance.
There is a need to look at the market of the produce including processing into other value-adding products. Based on this, PAC’s ‘Aglibut Sweet’ tamarind development program must be sustained. Continuous research must be done in order to harness the full potentials of sweet tamarind.
In view of the above context, the SWEET TAMARIND RD/E CENTER was established in 2010 to undertake RD/E activities in order to advance the development of a viable sweet tamarind industry.
The center envisions to exercise central leadership and coordination of R&D efforts in tamarind and ascertain that research results are utilized to attain optimum economic benefits and for sustainable development of the tamarind industry.
To generate production and post-production technologies that are cost-effective and environment-friendly as well as to provide a market both for fresh and processed products to improve the socio-economic welfare of the tamarind growers
The general objective of the center is to consolidate all efforts and initiatives relative to promoting the sweet tamarind as an industry. It will serve as the central office linking all industry players relative to sweet tamarind industry.
Specific objectives include the following:
- To undertake relevant research and development activities leading to the improvement of production systems, productivity, profitability, postharvest, and marketing;
- To conduct crop and varietal improvement activities leading to development of new varieties and lines that would give increased yield and better quality that is most preferred by the consumers;
- To develop various food and non-food products that would give value adding to sweet tamarind as a commodity; and
- To establish a functional production-market-consumer network nationwide.
Thrusts and Priorities
- Development and promotion of package of technologies to attain optimum economic benefits for sweet tamarind growers
- Intensification of germplasm collection, evaluation, and maintenance of sweet tamarind genotypes
- Mass propagation of sweet tamarind through the establishment of orchards and nurseries
- Development of appropriate packaging to extend shelf-life and maintain quality of sweet tamarind fruits
- Development and improvement of tamarind food and non-food products
FIVE-YEAR ACTION PLAN BASED ON PROGRAM COMPONENTS
Production of Sweet Tamarind
- Increased production capacity of the College sweet tamarind nurseries and income.
- Maintain at least 5,000 grafted sweet tamarind per year from 2010 – 2014.
Research and Development
- Undertake relevant R&D projects on tamarind
- Development of food and non-food sweet tamarind products
Extension and Training
- Conduct training on propagation and production of sweet tamarind, including food and non-food products development from tamarind at least once per year for five consecutive years
- Disseminate/promote appropriate package of technology for sweet tamarind growers to improve their production
- Production and distribution of tamarind information materials