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International Journal of Advanced Engineering, Management and Science


Awareness of households to the benefits of Achuete (Bixa Orellana) in Central Luzon

( Vol-6,Issue-3,March 2020 )

Author(s): Geena Baltazar Hipolito



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Page No: 160-166
ijaems crossref doiDOI: 10.22161/ijaems.63.9

Keywords:

Bixa Orellana, Achuete, Awareness, Benefits.

Abstract:

As a tropical country(Philippines), it is important to find natural resources, such as plants, which could have different impact to the community and the government. This paper determined the level of awareness of households on the utilization and socio-economic benefits of achuete. Also, this paper described the economic impact and social benefits on the commercialization of achuete. This paper used descriptive method. A total of 120 households were surveyed using a questionnaire with likert-scale responses. Based on the data gathered, household respondents were mostly high school graduates having a small household size and living for more than 21 years in their locality. Farmer respondents were moderately aware on the uses of Atsuete plant, its economic benefits, and its social impact. On the other hand, respondents were somewhat aware on its socio-economic and health benefits. Their awareness on the uses of annatto plants focus on its benefits for food preparation, can be used as synthetic colorant, and could be a potential source of income. Likewie, the know that planting and producing Atsuete plants may give benefits for the income of the family. Therefore, recommendations for regarding the results of the study are as follows: (1) agencies related to production of Atsuete should provide programs to increase awareness of rural households on the socio-economic and health benefits of Atsuete; (2) appropriate technology must be identified to enhance the production of Atsuete plants; (3) there must be policy recommendation on the production and utilization of Atsuete; and (4) there should also be a focus on the market enhancement of Atsuete plants to help households to have an economic benefit for them.

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