DA chief to lead turnover of first so­lar-pow­ered ir­ri­ga­tion in CL

Sun.Star Pampanga - - TOPSTORIES! - BY IAN OCAMPO FLORA Sun.Star Staff Re­porter

BACOLOR— Agri­cul­ture Secr et ar y Em­manuel “Manny” F. Piñol will per­son­ally lead the turn-over cer­e­mony of Cari­dad Norte and Sur So­lar Pow­ered Ir­ri­ga­tion Sys­tem (SPIS) Project on Fe­bru­ary 7 at Barangay Cari­dad Norte, Llan­era, Nueva Ecija.

The SPIS project, com­posed of 140 pan­els, works like any other avail­able and com­monly used wa­ter pumps. The main dif­fer­ence is that so­lar pow­ered pumps run on so­lar en­ergy and do not re­quire any fuel (diesel, kerosene, gas, etc.) or ex­ter­nal source of elec­tric­ity (from an elec­tric com­pany) to de­liver wa­ter.

The SPIS can con­tin­u­ously op­er­ate for eight hours daily which could ir­ri­gate 29 hectares rice area. With ir­ri­ga­tion in­ter­val of one day, the SPIS could ir­ri­gate a max­i­mum of 58 hectares rice area for sec­ond crop pe­riod thus may re­sult to the in­cre­men­tal rice pro­duc­tion in the up­land rice ar­eas of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Ll an er a.

Cari­dad Norte and Sur Ir­ri­ga­tors As­so­ci­a­tion Chair­man Roger Bautista ex­pressed his grat­i­tude to Agri­cul­ture Sec­re­tary Piñol through the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture in Cen­tral Lu­zon for award­ing the said project.

The ben­e­fi­ciary of the said project is com­posed of 125 Nueva Ecija rice farm­ers mem­ber s.

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