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𝐏𝐒𝐀𝐔 𝐭𝐚𝐦𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐝 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐝𝐮𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐠𝐞𝐭𝐬 𝐏𝟑𝟑-𝐌 𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐜𝐡 𝐟𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠

The tamarind (sampalok) production, promotion and distribution at Pampanga State Agricultural University (PSAU) goes into full gear with the acquisition of a P33-Million funding from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

PSAU President Dr. Anita David confirmed that the DOST is funding the study on the sour Tamarind under NICER (Niche Center for R and D in the Regions) program.

“We create different varieties of the sour tamarind this time,” David said in a recent briefing for Pampanga Press Club members.

PSAU is known to have produced the Aglibut variety, a sweet tamarind that is now registered and patented as a product of the farm school. Its name was derived from late Professor Andres Aglibut who was successful in the clonal seedling of the sweet variety.

Already, PSAU through its Tamarind RDE Center, produces tamarind wine, juice, candies, jam and other by-products from the Aglibut variety that has been featured in several TV, magazines and other media outlets and food exhibitions.

David said they plan to produce sinigang (sour soup) mix for commercial purposes. She said that PSAU will be in charged of the production and commercial distribution of the tamarind products. The varieties are planted in a 45-hectare farm inside PSAU campus and adjoining areas. The production also supports hundreds of farmers belonging to local cooperatives.

With its distinctive qualities, the PSAU-produced tamarind have also gotten the interest of commercial and industrial food manufacturers.

‘Aglibut Sweet’ is the first sweet tamarind registered under the Bureau of Plant Industry – National Seed Industry Council (NSIC).The ‘Aglibut Sweet’ tamarind has been very instrumental in the creation and establishment of institutional partnerships with DA-BAR, CHED, NEDA, and DOST-PCAARRD.

With this variety, this town has become the tamarind capital of the Philippines. It is comparable if not better than those produced in other Southeast Asian countries like Thailand.

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