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  • Writer's pictureChristian Malnawa

P71.28M FMR completed in Bauko, Mt. Province expected to boost local coffee industry

Updated: Nov 11, 2021

Bauko, Mt. Province – Local coffee industry in Bauko is expected to flourish with the completion of its P71.28 million Banata-Sumey-ang-Sadsadan Farm-to-Market Road (FMR) sub-project and is set for a turnover on November 16, 2021.

The FMR with a length of 4.577 kilometers is now benefiting more than 13,620 individuals in Bauko town, besides other travelers and business people using the said road.

In a press release, the Department of Agriculture – Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP) informed that the road was implemented in partnership with the Provincial Local Government of Mountain Province.

Mt. Province provincial government planning Officer Berfre Panyo related that the project was proposed in 2014 to support the local arabica coffee industry in the municipality of Bauko.

He stated that they experience problems in the procurement process and implementation stage of the project and that it was only completed after 7 years when it was proposed.

“There were challenges in the procurement and implementation stage of the FMR subproject and now, after seven years since it was proposed, it is finally completed,” he said.

Added to this, Panyo said that the FMR is in support of the Mountain Province Arabica Coffee Enterprise (MPACE), a project which is also implemented under the DA-PRDP aimed at establishing a unified consolidation and trading of Arabica coffee in Mountain Province.

As part of the enterprise, DA-PRDP reported that the Coffee Satellite Buying Stations were also established in Bauko.

With the completion of the road, faster delivery of coffee and other agricultural products shall now be observed while safe travel for farmers and residents is also now assured.

Aside from this, the FMR will likewise boost the tourism industry and is being eyed to serve as an alternate route for motorists using the road, which stretches along with Mount Data.

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