SRA releases guidelines on farm to market roads for sugar industry
The Sugar Regulatory Administration has released the guidelines and criteria on how it will prioritize proposals for farm to market roads for the sugar industry.
In SRA Memorandum Circular 3-B, the SRA said sugarcane farm-to-mill roads are among the priority infrastructure projects that will bring down post-harvest losses because of the delays of sugarcane deliveries to processing facilities.
The circular was signed by SRA administrator Ma. Regina Bautista-Martin.
According to the circular, the funding from the national government for the roads will be based on the SRA’s latest on the land area devoted to sugarcane in a mill district. The funding prioritization will be used in determining allocation under the general appropriation act but does not include funding from other sources such as emergency funds, calamity funds, donations or funds that are beneficiary specific or location specific data.
Based on the circular, sugarcane land from block farms or small farms with a cumulative area of at least 100 hectares that connected to national highways or arterial roads will be the first priority.
Proposals for farm to mill roads that are not connected to national, provincial, or arterial roads that are not concrete and have no certifications on negotiated right of way with the concerned local government unit shall not be considered for funding.
Parties that will be requesting for farm to mill roads are required to submit a letter of intent, the list of sugarcane farmers who will benefit from the road, the hectarage of the land devoted to sugarcane, a project description, a GPS map, and a geo-tagged map, a certification from the LGU on the right of way, and a certification from the LGU that it will cover the cost of operation and maintenance after construction.
Proposals will be evaluated by the SRA and the budget department.