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Set up of farmer-to-market road network by DA and 4 other agencies
A joint administrative order (JAO), to be signed by the Department of Agriculture (DA) and four other organizations, will lay out rules for how farm-to-market roads (FMRs) can be connected to other infrastructure projects.
This month, representatives from the DA, the Departments of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the Interior and Local Government (DILG), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and the Department of Tourism (DOT) will sign the JAO.
FMR na authorized. The national timetable is now in effect (The FMR has been approved. In a video sent to reporters by Malacaang, Marcos, who also leads the DA, declared, “We already have a national timetable.
He continued, “All agencies and departments involved will be signing it by December to approve the plan to build FMRs.” “Lahat ng agencies that are engaged, departments that are involved will be signing… by December, before the end of the year,”
In particular, DA and DPWH developed a regional FMR network that layered the intended FMR projects with production areas, the Network of Protected Areas for Agriculture and Agro-Industrial Development (NPAAAD), and the Strategic Agriculture and Fisheries Development Zone (SAFDZ).
In addition, the two organizations led an inter-agency workshop on identifying and mapping marketplaces, trading posts, existing road networks, potential FMRs, agriculture, and fisheries production areas, and their proximity to them.
As of October of this year, 43,223 kilometers were proposed for FMR projects.
To accommodate the 14 million hectares of producing areas for agriculture and fisheries, the country must have 131,410 km (110 ha/km).
A backlog of 64,155 km was left after a total of 67,255 km of FMR were finished as of October this year.
In the meantime, according to Marcos, the government is looking for import alternatives to urea and petroleum-based fertilizer.
However, he added, “We are looking at all of the technologies that are out there, including biofertilizer as a possible import replacement.
Marcos gave the DA the task of creating an FMR masterplan in July of last year. This plan will serve as the government’s roadmap for advancing food security and empowering rural people.
FMRs, according to him, are the “initial step” in resolving some of the nation’s supply chain issues.
Marcos emphasized the significance of making sure that agricultural infrastructure is “climate-change resistant,” such as by undertaking projects that are not vulnerable to disasters like landslides.
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