The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has recently turned over a P23.4-million worth of farm-to-market road in Zamboanga del Sur to boost the agricultural and economic activities of farmers in the municipality of Josefina.
The rehabilitated nine-kilometer road, located in the Josefina Highland Cluster agrarian reform community (ARC), would provide farmers easier access to market to open up more business opportunities for their farm products, Regional Director Julita Ragandang said in a statement.
Ragandang said the infrastructure project was implemented under Agrarian Reform Communities Project Phase II (ARCP2) together with the Provincial government and the local government unit (LGU) of Josefina.
“The cost sharing for the farm-to-market road is 50/50 between the LGU and the ARCP2 funded under Asian Development Bank (ADB),” she added.
Josefina Mayor Fe Pitogo said it would be easier for the farmers to ferry various produce, crops and vegetables from far-flung areas to the market.
Pitogo also advised the recipients that to lengthen the viability of the farm-to-market road, the barangay officials as responsible custodians, must oversee its maintenance with utmost care and sustaining its benefits and services until the next generations.
Governor Antonio Cerilles lauded the DAR’s initiatives and advised the farmers to be responsive and be involved in the programs of the government so that other developmental projects will be poured in their locality.