DA to implement P890-M projects in Davao del Sur

Subscribe Now April 25, 2019 at 05:52pm

The government is rolling out various farm infrastructure projects costing P890 million in Davao del Sur in its bid to improve the income of planters and hike agriculture production.

The six infrastructure and six agricultural enterprise projects will be bankrolled by the World Bank-funded Philippine Rural Development Project. The PRDP is currently being implemented by the Department of Agriculture (DA).

Of the P890 million, the DA said P834 million will go to infrastructure projects “that aim to improve road networks linking production areas with markets to achieve efficient transportation of agricultural products.”

Projects under its I-Build (Intensified Building up of Infrastructure and Logistics for Development) program component include four farm-to-market roads with a combined length of 35.16 kilometers. These have a combined funding of P539 million.

These farm roads would be laid in the towns of Hagonoy, Malalag and Magsaysay where the construction of two farm roads is ongoing.

The DA said the rehabilitation of the 14.29-km Waterfall-Osmeña farm road would include its 122.5-liner meter long PSCG Bridge in Sulop town and has been allocated P251 million. This project was recently issued with the “No Objection Letter” and would be up for bidding.

The municipality of Matanao has a package of postharvest facilities worth P43 million. The construction has been started for the facilities which consist of 14 units of warehouses with solar dryer.

These structures, the DA said, could reduce postharvest losses and increase the market value of banana by 100 percent per kilogram, rice by 40 percent, corn by 39 percent and coconut by 64 percent.

The six infrastructure projects would benefit 15,675 households.

“We need to fast-track our implementation so that we can achieve our objectives to increase the income of our farmers and household beneficiaries in agri-fishery sector, and to develop a more market-oriented and climate-resilient agriculture,” said DA-Davao Regional Director Ricardo M. Oñate Jr., who is also the concurrent PRDP Mindanao project director.

Enterprise projects under the Investments in Rural Enterprises and Agriculture and Fisheries Productivity component would include two projects costing P19.54 million, according to the PRDP.

These are the Cardava Banana Consolidation and Marketing Enterprise in Magsaysay amounting to P7.904 million and the Organic Fairtrade Banana Chips Processing in Padada, which costs P11.637 million.

Source: businessmirror.com.ph

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