Friday, July 25, 2014

DA’s Philippine Rural Development Program (PRDP) to commence its First Farm-to-Market Road Project in ARMM

From the Website of Department of Agriculture

DA’s Philippine Rural Development Program (PRDP) to commence its First Farm-to-Market Road Project in ARMM

Created on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 
While the Department of Agriculture ‘s Mindanao Rural Development Program (DA-MRDP) has ended in June this year, the DA is now set to roll out its bigger, wider and biggest foreign-assisted program dubbed as the Philippine Rural Development Program (PRDP). 

Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala said in a press statement that PRDP aims to establish a government platform for a modern, climate-smart and market-oriented agriculture and fishery sector. It also complements the DA’s major initiatives particularly in reducing poverty, creating broad-based or inclusive growth and creating more jobs and livelihood opportunities.

Bankrolled through the country’s World Bank loan proceeds, the six-year program gets an allocation of about $670 million or P27.50 billion to cover and finance as many project proposals from the Local Government Units and farmers’ and fishers’ groups nationwide. Two-thirds of the said PRDP funds or about P18.50 billion is allotted to infrastructure while P6.90 billion will go to value-chain agri-fishery enterprises.

Maguindanao will be the pilot province of PRDP in ARMM, where the very first concrete farm-to-market (FMR) road project will be established in Talayan town as a result of the acceptance of support of ARMM Governor Mujiv S. Hataman and Maguindanao Governor Esmail Toto Mangudadatu during a stakeholders consultative meeting with the WB officials held recently in Davao City.

In another stakeholders consultative meeting held in Talayan on July 12, DA-ARMM Regional Secretary Atty. Makmod D. Mending, Jr. expressed his commitment of support to the project, urging the local officials to unite and support the construction of the 12.3Km. concrete FMR that will traverse at least five barangays. Ninety percent of the P147.60M-project will be funded by PRDP, while 10% or P14,70M will be shouldered by the LGU .

RPCO-ARMM head Kalunsiang Dimalen said the four components of the PRDP namely: i-PLAN, investment in agri-fishery modernization plan; i-BUILD, intensified building up infrastructure and logistics for development; i-REAP, investment in rural enterprises for agriculture and fisheries productivity and i-SUPPORT or implementation support. Under the program, the priority commodities in ARMM are oil palm, cassava and banana, coconut, coffee, rubber, tilapia and mallard duck, Dimalen added. (RAFID-ARMM)

Chief, Regional Agriculture & Fisheries Information Division 
ORG Compound, Cotabato City, Philippines (064) 421-1248 / 421-1234

Department of Agriculture Website






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