The 28-kilometer farm-to-market road (FMR) in Iloilo has formally opened yesterday.
Department of Agriculture (DA-6) Regional Director Remelyn Recoter and Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. announced to the public the new road is the longest FMR in Visayas which traverses 10 villages.
According to the report of Manila Bulletin, “Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP), a joint project of DA and World Bank, aims to give benefits 2,000 farmers and residents”.
Moreover, the FMR is worth PhP 272 million. This was funded by the World Bank (P232M), the Iloilo provincial government (P32M) and the Passi City government (P8M).
“The road is going to ease the decades-long hardship of farmers and residents in traveling”, Defensor said. The governor also imparted his past experience on how he was not able to visit Gemumua Agahon village in 2013 because of the unpaved roads.
Further, the newly constructed road is going to lessen transaction cost because of the faster travel time in transporting agricultural materials. Specifically, the two-hour travel from farthest barangay to the city proper will only take 30 minutes.
Based on the report, ” Department of Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol said that there are 13,000 km farm-to-market road infrastructures that should be constructed. This should be addressed in order to pull the agricultural prices down”.