A totalof 13,727,500 pesos Farm-to-Market Road projects were officially turned over to Dinas and Mahayag in Zamboanga del Sur under the Department of Agriculture – Support to Emergency Livelihood Assistance Project 2 (DA-SELAP 2).
Each concreted FMR project has a length of 1 kilometer servicing agricultural areas of 250 hectares for Dinas and 648 hectares for Mahayag. Both projects are focused on rice, corn, cassava and coconut. A household of 344 in Mahayag and 1,080 in Dinas are benefiting from the concreted road.
As testified by one of the farmers present during the turnover Ms. Marcelina Aplaca, 72, cassava farmer of Mahayag said that her hauling cost was reduced from P20.00/sack to P10.00/sack thus increases her income.
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Department of Agriculture - Regional Field Office 9
The Department of Agriculture is the principal agency of the Philippine government responsible for the promotion of Agricultural development growth. In pursuit of this, it provides the policy framework, helps direct public investment, and in support necessary to make agriculture and agri-based enterprises profitable and to help spread the benefits of development to the poor, particularly those in the rural areas.
A modernized smallholder agriculture and fisheries and a diversified rural economy that is dynamic, technologically advanced and internationally competitive. Its transformation is guided by the sound practices of resource sustainability, the principles of social justice, and a strong private sector participation.
To help empower the small farming and fishing communities and the private sector to produce enough, accessible and affordable food for every Filipino and a decent income for all.
The Department of Agriculture in Region IX serves the provinces of Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga Sibugay and the cities of Pagadian, Dipolog, Dapitan and Isabela in Basilan Province.