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Good news to makers of tropical fruit wines in the Philippines.

Quality yet affordable wine barrels for aging your fruit raw materials may soon be available in the market.

The Department of Science and Technology’s Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI) is currently pilot-testing wine barrels made from three tree plantation species (TPS), namely: big-leafed mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla), mangium (Acacia mangium), and river red gum (Eucalyptus camaldulensis) and two fruit trees, namely: santol (Sandoricum koijape) and Indian mango (Mangifera indica).

The wine barrels were developed by the Institute’s researchers to find cheaper substitutes to white oak (Quercus alba) which is known worldwide as the best material for fermenting and ageing wine.

Falcata abounds in tree farms in CARAGA Region, Northern Mindanao.

Rubber farmers in Naga, Zamboanga Sibugay recently thanked the DOST-Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI) for creating new jobs and extra source of income for them.

Thru the project "Processing and Utilization of Senile and Unproductive Rubberwood (Hevea brasiliensis) Trees for the Production of High Value Furniture, Mouldings and Joineries”, the farmers can now convert senile rubberwood trees into high-value products such as quality home and school furniture.