Issue of September 29, 2019
     
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New farm roads in Ifugao to boost heirloom rice prod’n
by Elvy S. Tacquio

Three farm-to-market roads (FMR) are being constructed to aid heirloom rice production areas in Ifugao.

The construction of the Anaba-Ducligan-Banao FMR, improvement of Viewpoint-San Fernando FMR, and improvement of Junction-Alimit-Nattum FMR started this quarter with the goal of boosting the heirloom rice industry and providing market access for farmers in the top producing municipalities of Ifugao.

Located in Banaue, the 8-kilometer Anaba-Ducligan-Banao FMR is the first road opening sub-project in the Cordillera, funded and implemented under the Philippine Rural Development Program with a project cost of P245.64 million.

It is expected to benefit around 275 households with 1,255 population.

The road project will connect three barangays – Anaba, Ducligan, and Banao to the market centers within and outside the municipality.

As part of the road’s program of works, a 20-meter bridge will also be constructed in Barangay Anaba.

Benefiting around 362 households with 1,841 population, the Viewpoint-San Fernando FMR in Banaue is a road improvement with a length of 4.8 kilometers.

It has a project cost of P124.81M. A portion of the road however, which is more than three kilometers, is also a new construction that will connect Barangay San Fernando and Barangay Viewpoint.

The improvement of the road will also bring rice farmers of Barangay Lubu-ongin, Hungduan closer to market areas.

Engr. Anthony Gayumma of LGU Banaue said that the construction of these roads will not only help farmers bring their products to the market but also to revive abandoned rice terraces in the municipality.

“There are a lot of abandoned rice terraces in these areas and with the construction of these roads, people will surely come back to till their lands and make it productive again,” he said.

The improvement of the 4.9-kilometer Junction-Alimit-Nattum FMR in Mayoyao has a project cost of P140.53M benefiting around 296 households with 1,816 population.

FMRs connect rural agricultural areas to market towns. The PRDP, of which the Department of Agriculture is the main holder, has invested over P2B worth of infrastructure sub-projects in the Cordillera to date.


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