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In Agusan Sur village, the DA hands over the road project to the farmers.

The Department of Agriculture (DA) in Region 13 (Caraga) and the province administration of Agusan del Sur have officially handed over the PHP152 million farm-to-market road (FMR) project in San Luis to village officials.

The FMR was finished last month and handed over to local officials and farmers on Wednesday, thanks to funding from the DA’s Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP).

On Thursday, DA-13 information officer Emmylou Presilda told the Philippine News Agency that the FMR will be of tremendous assistance to the residents of Barangay Doa Maxima, particularly farmers.

“The FMR is 8.93 kilometers long and will largely help rubber producers and other communities in the vicinity who are engaged in high-value crop growing,” Presilda stated.

Farmers from neighbouring Barangays Mahapag and Muritula in the same town will also profit from the recently finished FMR, which connects 763 farming households from the three villages to Agusan del Sur market hubs.

The DA-13 stated in a statement on Thursday that the initiative will assist about 1,710 more families from the three barangays in addition to the 763 farming households.

“In the three barangays, the road will facilitate the movement of farmers’ goods, mainly rubber, and primary services.” Furthermore, the concrete road cuts the average trip time for transferring the final product of rubber, such as cup lumps, from 20 minutes to 10 minutes, minimizes post-harvest losses and transportation expenses, and increases the income of farmers in the area,” according to the agency.

Barangay Captain Jaime Madanlo of Doa Maxima commended the government for providing the farmers with an access road in the same statement.

“We’ve been dreaming of this road since 1972.” I know how difficult it is to get our products into the market as a resident and a farmer. Due to the difficulty of distributing our goods, my items will occasionally go bad on my farm. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for us,” Madanlo remarked.

Anggaman Escalicas, the barangay captain of Muritula, for one, urged local politicians in the area to get together and draft policies for the FMR’s upkeep.

“As officials, we will do our part to keep our roads in good repair and free of abuse.” “To preserve our road clean and calm, I ask for 100 percent cooperation from my fellow constituents and officials,” Escalicas added.

Ricardo Oate, DA-13 Regional Executive Director, Agusan del Sur Governor Santiago Cane Jr., and San Luis Mayor Phoebe Corvera led the transition activity.

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