PRDP-funded FMR reduces transportation cost of farmers in South Cotabato
The farm-to-market road (FMR) in Banga, South Cotabato, which was funded by the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP), has successfully reduced by P30 the transportation cost of farmers in the area.
A statement from PRDP showed that farmers in Barangay Punong Grande in Banga, South Cotabato are now enjoying a significant change in their way of living after the concreting of Junction National Highway – Sitio Pedregoza FMR, which exactly spans 9.76 kilometers.
The project particularly benefits farm families in the said barangay and its nearby communities which have more than 4,400 households.
Farmers in Purok Pag-asa also saved 20 minutes in travel time. Before, they were traveling for almost 30 minutes. Now, they can already reach the town in less than ten minutes.
The muddy condition of the road before hampered the farmers delivering fresh produce to the market.