THE Department of Agriculture (DA) has turned over P216 million of agricultural support to the Caraga Region under its flagship rural development program.
The support package included farm-to-market roads with an estimated value of P208 million. The roads were funded under the Philippine Rural Development Program (PRDP).
The five roads with a PRDP notice to proceed is part of the infrastructure support to develop such enterprises as abaca in Santiago, Kitcharao in Agusan del Norte and rubber production and marketing in Agusan del Sur.
Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala turned over the support package to the region.
“The DA is committed to provide resilient and quality roads for our farmers by providing concreted farm-to-market roads that can withstand any weather condition, ensuring the flow of goods from farms to markets,” Alcala said.
Paving the roads started during the Aquino administration after the president instructed the department to cover the farmers’ needs.
The guidelines from Malacañang are being implementing to ensure that the government can sustain projects to help farmers benefit from department’s infrastructure program.
The department also brought P7.8 million worth of farm equipment, including rice reaper, corn picker, and hand tractor to associations and cooperatives in the region as part of the mechanization program.
Regional Director Edna Mabeza prepared agricultural goods for farmers to take home after the one-day event which coincided with a forum and techno clinic attended by more than a thousand farmers.
Six carabaos with implements, bags of registered rice seeds and open pollinated corn seeds were raffled off while each farmer received assorted seeds for their household vegetable project.