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Unlocking the Potential of Jackfruit: A Key Player in Philippine Agriculture

Unlocking the Potential of Jackfruit: A Key Player in Philippine Agriculture

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In the verdant lands of the Philippines, a versatile and resilient fruit tree has long been a staple in local diets and a symbol of cultural heritage—the jackfruit, known locally as "langka." From its humble beginnings as a backyard crop to its potential as a lucrative export commodity, the jackfruit holds a significant place in the country's agricultural landscape, particularly in the Visayas region. Cultural and Culinary Significance Jackfruit is deeply ingrained in Filipino culture as a food source and a versatile ingredient in various culinary creations. Jackfruit cultivation thrives in the Visayas, particularly in Western, Central, and Eastern Visayas, with nearly half of the region's land dedicated to its production. Traditionally, jackfruit trees were grown in backyard gardens, pr...