DAR Provides P3.75-M Infra For Cam Sur Farmers

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dar web news pix 1 march 6 2014 400Local farmers and residents of Ocampo, Camarines Sur are now enjoying brisk economic activities following the construction of the Sitio Francia farm-to-market road (FMR) worth P3 million under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).

Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer Ramon B. Fuentebella recently led the turnover of the road along with Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo to the local government of Ocampo.

The concreting of the 300-meter Sitio Francia FMR is part of the 1.5-kilometer access road funded through the DAR-Agrarian Reform Support Project (ARSP), a joint undertaking of the Philippines government and the European Union (EU) in 1997.

Fuentebella said that more than 700 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) and the residents of Ocampo and its neighboring towns now benefit from the road as it shortens the route from May-ogob to Pinit and Ocampo by 10 kilometers. “Unlike before people used to pass through four barangays, which covers about 15 kilometers, before reaching Pinit and Ocampo towns,” said Fuentebella.dar web news pix 2 march 6 2014 400

“This road will lessen transportation cost of farmers and residents and reduce travel time to the market centers,” added Fuentebella.

In the same occasion, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) also turned over a 420 sq. meter solar dryer that was accessed by the DAR through the Department of Agriculture (DA).

The Sitio Francia road project and the solar dryer were funded under the Farm Mechanization Project of the DA while the concreting of the FMR road was part of the convergence initiative of the DAR and DA.

“The flat-bed solar dryer worth P 750,000 is a big help for our 185 ARBs in Ocampo. They now dry their harvested palay on concrete instead of drying them on soil. The concrete speeds up the drying process and its more hygienic,” Fuentebella said.

Rep. Robredo, expressed joy for the infrastructure projects that DAR has afforded to Camarines Sur.

The DAR assisted the May-Ogob Agrarian Reform Cooperative in preparing their documents for the realization of the Sitio Francia road and the solar dryer which was endorsed by Robredo to the Department of Agriculture for funding in 2013.