Baguio City, Philippines – As more farmers in the summer capital engaged themselves in urban gardening, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) funded the opening of 7 farm-to-market roads in the city.
This was relayed Monday, September 26 by the City Veterinary and Agriculture Office through a report by the Philippine News Agency.
The Agricultural Reform Department, according to CVAO, has allocated P200 million for the road projects to increase agricultural production in Baguio.
These roads are expected to be completed next year.
The FMRs include the Santo Tomas Central to Western Link Circumferential Road at Santo Tomas Central and Proper; Sitio Mangitit, Camp 7; Balenben Road near the City’s social development center in Irisan; Balenben Purok 12, Irisan; Aurelio Street, Dontogan; Pine Tree Alley, Asin Road; Sto. Tomas Central to Adiwang Road, Dontogan.
The funding of said roads was a response of the Agrarian Reform department to the request of the city government.
According to Dr. Silardo Bested of CVAO, the areas have been chosen as there are various agricultural areas in said barangays and farming activities are already ongoing.
He further mentioned at least 3000 residents, in which the majority are from said areas, are registered to the Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture (RSBSA).
With said projects, Bested said farmers and producers will no longer experience difficulty in bringing their products to the market.
Some of these products include vegetables, strawberries, cut flowers, and some are already venturing into tilapia production.
Since urban gardening was introduced a number of years ago, many Baguio residents have been persuaded to actively participate in the aforementioned program, leading to a notable increase in the production of agricultural crops consumed by no less than the residents themselves.
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