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Farm Visit and Meeting on Dragon Fruit Development (Feb. 25, 2021)

Author: DA Communications Group | 25 February 2021

Agriculture Secretary William Dar and private sector stakeholders involved in dragon fruit production discussed how the country’s dragon fruit industry could grow and benefit farmers during their visit at the Maharlika Integrated Farm in Cuyambay, Tanay, Rizal on February 25, 2021.

Dr. George Cordero, farm owner and founder of the Philippine College of Health Sciences, shared that there are 17 varieties of dragon fruit planted on his farm.

Secretary Dar said that Dr. Cordero’s organic farm can be developed into a farm tourism and business school and a multiplier breeder farm to be recognized by the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI).

The agri chief and Dr. Cordero were joined by agripreneur Basil Bolinao, who is leading a group of dragon fruit farmers and industry stakeholders for the establishment of the Dragon Fruit Industry Development Council. He presented their plans on building the dragon fruit industry in the coming years through the use of new technologies.

Secretary Dar shared the DA’s key strategies and told the group to practice inclusive agribusiness. He also highlighted how the private sector can help local farmers through the big brother-small brother approach. (Photo by Alan Jay Jacalan, DA-AFID)