A newly paved farm-to-market road (FMR) in Brgy Poblacion, Carmen, Agusan del Norte, constructed by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), is now benefiting hundreds of coconut planters, easing the transport of the crop and rendering additional income.
“Coconut farmers can already transport their products easily to any points of Agusan del Norte and even to other neighboring provinces with our upgrading of Kabayawa-Pintoloca farm-to-market road,” said District Engineer Nicolas O. Alameda.
The improvements, consisting of road concreting with shoulders and line canal for the total length of 1.414 kilometers has an allocation of Php 15 million under the convergence with the Department of Agriculture 13.
“The provision of FMR in this area is key to improve the economy of the province,” according to Municipal Mayor Ramon Calo, who expressed gratitude during the ceremonious turn-over of the newly paved road.
He added, “although Carmen is the mango capital of Agusan del Norte, the municipality also contributes 6,936.77 metric ton to the 75,184.34 metric ton of coconut produced by the province”.
Coconut is one of the major agricultural crops largely produced in the province, along with mango, rice, corn, banana and abaca.