Kalinga gets P10-M FMR fund
by L. Lopez
Tabuk City, Kalinga (29 August) -- The province receives another P10 million windfall from the Department of Agriculture (DA) to finance construction of new farm-market-roads (FMR).
Provincial Agriculturist Gerry Jose said the release of the money followed after the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between DA and the provincial government, represented by Governor Floydelia Diasen last week.
Jose said the fund is part of the food security budget that government has allotted to finance support facilities on rice production, under the Ginintuang Masaganang Ani (GMA) Rice program.
The amount will be used to open new FMRs since Kalinga has already received earlier funds for other post-harvest facilities like multi-purpose drying pavements and flatbed dryers, Jose said.
As to the beneficiary areas, Jose explained that since the fund is for food production, the rice production areas of Kalinga like Tabuk, Rizal, Pinukpuk and Tanudan municipalities may be the target beneficiaries.
The new project is a big relief to farmers in the province in the transport of their produce to trading places as it cuts hauling expenses from the farms to the nearest access road.
Many farming areas here are in need of access roads, particularly those that are newly opened and are not traversed by existing access ways of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA).
While post harvest facilities have been provided, there are other support projects that government is giving to boost rice production in the country, in line with its national agenda of achieving rice sufficiency.
Government is releasing the assistance to potential rice areas in the country like Kalinga with at least 16,000 hectares planted to rice.
Jose said the project is expected to be implemented within the year, after identification of beneficiaries is made based on the prepared program. (PIA Kalinga) [top]