|Title:||RDE Management on Dragon Fruit and Its Implication to Social Responsibility: The Project SANIATA Experience|
In the Philippines, dragon fruit is becoming a favorite of many Filipinos for its known therapeutic properties. Because this fruit is now considered as “Healthy Food for the Table,” it is now gaining popularity and will eventually pose a great demand among local consumers. This is therefore becoming an emerging champion in the local fruit industry by giving a lucrative income to farmers.
Dragon fruit is excellently grown in Ilocos Norte because of its adaptability to the climatic (Type 1) and soil conditions of the province. It can grow even in marginal upland and sand dune areas which abound in the province. Through the “Project SANIATA” or SAgut Ni Imee Agnanayon Talged nga Agdur-as (Imee’s gift for sustained progress), the research, development and extension on dragon fruit was implemented. The relevant management strategies and accomplishments including problems and lessons learned were documented. This could be an input to other researchers where they could also draw insights. Hence, this study was conducted. The following are the activites undertaken during the conduct of the research.
A. RDE Management
B. Research Activities
C. Research utilization activities
D. Public-private partnership