The Farm to Market Road subprojects will boost the heirloom rice industry in Ifugao by providing easier market access to farmers residing in the top heirloom-rice producing municipalities of the province.
Two Farm-to-Market Road (FMR) subprojects in Ifugao under the Department of Agriculture – Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP) are almost completed, with both registering more than a 95% physical accomplishment rate in January 2022.
The ongoing improvement of Viewpoint – San Fernando FMR in Banaue, which spans 4.6 kilometers and has a project cost of P124.8 million, is now 95.26% physically complete.
Also nearing completion with 97.6% physical accomplishment rate is the improvement of Junction-Alimit-Nattum FMR in Mayoyao, which spans 4.96 kilometers and has a project cost of P140.53 million.
Banaue Municipal Engineer and I-BUILD Focal Person Engineer Antonio Gayumma said that the improvements of these roads are seen not only to help farmers in bringing their products to the market but also in the revival of abandoned heirloom rice production areas.
“Many have abandoned their lands due to the poor condition of roads going to their farms and they will surely come back to till their lands with these road improvements,” said Engr. Gayumma.
Once the projects are completed, more than 3,600 beneficiaries can look forward to the improvement of their living conditions through the use of quality FMRs that will provide easy access and lesser travel time.
(Source DA-PRDP RPCO-CAR InfoACE Unit)