Agri chief to find funds for farm-to-market roads in Antique town
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol has pledged to look for funds to build a road network that would link the 11 upland villages of San Remigio town in Antique province to markets.
Councilor Pedro Francisco, who chairs the San Remigio town council committee on agriculture, in an interview Friday expressed his elation over the assurance made by the visiting agriculture chief when the problem was raised during a forum held in Culasi town last Wednesday.
Francisco said that San Remigio has been a municipality for the past 150 years but some of its barangays still could not be reached by transportation due to the lack of access roads.
”Farmers in these barangays really have a difficult time bringing their agricultural produce to the market. It’s really an agony for the farmers,” he said, noting that these farmers grow high-value crops, such as cabbage, lettuce, and carrots, which they carry on their backs as they walk all the way to the market.
Piñol, who was surprised to hear about the problem, said he understands how difficult it is for the farmers to have no access to markets. He described some farm-to-market roads (FMRs) built by previous administrations as “politicized roads”, that is why such towns as San Remigio still need FMRs.
He said that what he could commit is a PHP1 million fund per km. for the 68-km. road network that would be constructed.
He also instructed Francisco to submit the complete list of the 11 villages that need roads so that the regional agriculture office could inspect the area. (PNA)