|FMR in OrMin to help boost calamansi farmers’ income|
|Written by DA-AFIS|
|Thursday, 05 June 2014 00:06|
A farm-to-market road (FMR) concreting project in Victoria, Oriental Mindoro undertaken by the Philippine Rural Development Program (PRDP) is expected to help calamansi farmers in the province increase their income through reduced travel time.
Bidding for the concreting of 1.851-kilometer (km) Bagong Silang-Macatoc FMR in Oriental Mindoro worth P20.61 million (M) is set today, June 4, 2014, which signals the start of PRDP sub-projects implementation outside Mindanao.
The FMR is among the sub-projects proposed by Oriental Mindoro under PRDP to uplift their calamansi industry, which the province is known for.
During the pre-bidding conference held on May 23, 2014 in Calapan City, PRDP Deputy Program Director Arnel de Mesa discussed to prospective bidders the requirements and conditions set by the PRDP in accordance to the Philippines’ and World Bank’s rules.
One of the unique features in PRDP is that the contractor will be trained for geo-tagging. De Mesa explained that geo-tagging of sub-projects is a requirement in PRDP that contractors need to comply with.
Geo-tagged photos of the sub-project site, before, during, and after completion of the projects will be downloaded and made available to the public through the PRDP website. De Mesa explained that this is among the transparency measures that the PRDP is employing to all its sub-projects.
The FMR project will be augmented by other sub-projects in the province which are already in the pipeline. Another FMR and a trading center were also proposed under the PRDP to boost the calamansi industry in the province.
De Mesa expressed his delight and excitement that finally a sub-project outside Mindanao will be soon implemented. Mindanao is the leading cluster in implementing sub-projects under PRDP due to their experience from Mindanao Rural Development Program.
“We believe that the objectives of PRDP will soon be realized through these sub-projects, and hopefully other provinces will soon follow,” added de Mesa.
Calamansi or Philippine Lemon is widely grown in Region IV-B with 102,628 metric tons (MT) or 58 percent (%) of the total national production. Oriental Mindoro, dubbed as the “Calamansi King”, produced 99% of the total regional volume or 101,601 MT in 2012, according to the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics.
However, production of the citrus fruit in Oriental Mindoro from 2008 to 2012 decreased at an average rate of 3.31% due to some factors like devastations from pest infestations, strong typhoons, unstable prices, ageing trees, and to some extent, crop conversion.
The situation worsened due to lack of concrete FMR and weak and inefficient marketing system, among others.
The proposed interventions to improve the calamansi industry in Oriental Mindoro are based on the findings of the Value Chain Analysis conducted in the province.
|Last Updated on Thursday, 05 June 2014 00:07|