The Department of Agrarian Reform’s (DAR) P7.2-million farm-to-market road is currently improving the economic lives of agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in Buguey town in the province of Cagayan.
Regional Director Marjorie P. Ayson said the 4.078-kilometer road, which was turned over last March of this year, involved rehabilitation and improvement of Tabbac Proper – Junction National Road (JNR) – Sitio San Francisco Road at Sta. Isabel Agrarian Reform Community (Sta. Isabel ARC), Buguey, Cagayan.
Ayson said the farmers in the area could load as many as 20 cavans of palay on their kuliglig (hand tractor with trailer) instead of the usual 7 cavans and still enjoy a trouble-free travel. “The cost of hauling their farm produces, as well as selling them to the markets, have been reduced by at least 30%, which resulted in the increase of the ARBs’ income,” she added.
“The most significant improvement in the lives of our farmers is the increased number of traders visiting the agrarian reform community (ARC). With their community becoming more accessible to traders, it gives the farmers the option to choose to which trader they prefer to deal with for fair price, unlike before when only a handful of traders could visit them and buy their products at low prices,” Ayson said.
Buguey OIC-Mayor Roderick Antiporda said the farm-to-market road also serves as an alternative route from the town proper to the Lallo International Airport in nearby town of Lallo, Cagayan.
“With the newly-rehabilitated road, our farmers will have an easier access to the market and enjoy fair prices for their harvests,” Antiporda said.
Before, Antiporda added, farmers were contented at waiting for traders to come, now they are able to transport their produces to the market to find buyers that would offer a fair price.
The farm-to-market road is implemented courtesy of the Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Project III (ARISP-3).