THE Province of Davao del Sur was able to secure about P1.246 billion for all its agriculture-based projects portfolio for 2020.
In a report from the Philippine Rural Development Project-Mindanao Project Support Office (PRDP-PSO Mindanao), about 16 sub-projects, composed of infrastructures and enterprises, were applied for by the province.
Out of 16 sub-projects, nine were farm-to-market (FMR) infrastructures.
Three of these are located in Magsaysay town, two in Malalag town, and one project each proposed by towns of Hagonoy, Matanao, Sulop, and Digos City.
DA-PRDP noted that two of these projects in Magsaysay were already completed. They include the 8.37 kilometers (km) FMRs stretching from the Poblacion-San Isidro-Tacul worth P95.5 million, and the 12.11-kilometer Barayong-Mabini-Bala-Upper Bala FMR stretch worth P140 million. Other projects are still ongoing.
"The ongoing implementation of these infrastructure projects aim to shorten the travel time from farm to market and at the same time to increase traffic or number of vehicles traversing the area that would provide faster transportation services to locals and their agricultural products," PRDP-PSO Mindanao monitoring and evaluation unit Joseph Rico said in a statement.
Meanwhile, the remaining projects are enterprises that include the Organic Fairtrade Banana Chips Processing in Padada worth P11.6 million, Fermented Cacao Beans Trading and Marketing worth P8 million in Kiblawan, and Cardava Banana Consolidation and Marketing Enterprise worth P7.9 million in Magsaysay, Davao City, which have availed themselves of funding for four of its enterprise projects, which include Tablea Processing and Marketing Enterprise getting P6 million, another P10.8 million for Abaca Processing and Marketing Enterprise, P9-million Cacao Production and Marketing of Dry-Fermented Beans, and Chocolate Processing Enterprise worth P10.3 million.
The cacao production project was already completed while others are still being implemented.
"Once completed, it is expected that each proponent group will be able to strengthen and develop viable agri-fishery based enterprises through an efficient value chain of key regional agri-fishery products," Rico said.