President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. wants to increase the production of high-value crops by expanding the Philippines’s farm-to-market road (FMR) network. He recently stated: “We have to be in coordination with other departments as to where are the areas that we want to develop and where we will start planting high-value crops in this area, for example.”
Agriculture products in the High Value Crops Development Program include mangoes, bananas, coffee, cacao and onions. The top producing provinces in 2020 for high-value crops are Pangasinan (mango), Masbate (jackfruit), Bukidnon (pineapple), Davao Del Norte (banana), Davao City (cacao), Davao City (durian), Davao Del Sur (coffee), Sulu (coffee), Sultan Kudarat (coffee), Cotabato (saba banana).
Among those to be prioritized for FMR initiatives are roads that are heavily used, but not in good condition, as well as those damaged by flood and other natural disasters.