NIA opens P134-M ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tem

The Philippine Star - - AGRICULTURE - – Louise Maureen Simeon

The Na­tional Ir­ri­ga­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion has opened the new P134-mil­lion ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tem in Iloilo City in line with the govern­ment’s ef­fort to cover more agri­cul­tural ar­eas na­tion­wide.

The P133.85-mil­lion Sta. Bar­bara River ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tem in Iloilo City will ir­ri­gate 2,289 hectares of agri­cul­tural land.

This is ex­pected to ben­e­fit 1,226 farm­ers in four mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in the city and im­prove the crop­ping in­ten­sity from 162 to 200 per­cent, thus in­creas­ing the farm­ers’ yield from 99 to 110 ca­vans per hectare for the wet sea­son and 80 to 100 ca­vans per hectare for the dry sea­son.

It is un­der the na­tional ir­ri­ga­tion sec­tor re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and im­prove­ment project which is funded by a grant from the Ja­pan In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion Agency.

The ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tem, whose wa­ter sources come from the Sta. Bar­bara River, in­cludes the con­struc­tion of of 12.1 kilo­me­ters of con­crete canal lin­ing, re­pair of 65 units of re­lated struc­ture, and re­place­ment of 113 units of new steel gates, and 7.6 kilo­me­ters of gravel sur­fac­ing, among oth­ers.

JICA Philip­pines se­nior rep­re­sen­ta­tive Yo Ebi­sawa said the project would pave the way for higher rice pro­duc­tiv­ity and boost the income of Filipino farm­ers.

“Filipino farm­ers re­main among the Philip­pines’ poor­est sec­tors with poverty in­ci­dence of as much as 34.3 per­cent. With this project, we hope our farm­ers will im­prove and sus­tain their pro­duc­tiv­ity and income,” Ebi­sawa said.

NIA, as the lead govern­ment agency man­dated to de­velop all pos­si­ble sources of wa­ter for ir­ri­ga­tion, con­tin­ues to pro­vide ef­fi­cient, re­li­able, and sus­tain­able ir­ri­ga­tion ser­vice to farm­ers through the con­struc­tion, re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, and main­te­nance of ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tems na­tion­wide.

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