NIA in­au­gu­rates P170M river ir­ri­gation re­hab project

Watchmen Daily Journal - - COMMUNITY -

The Na­tional Ir­ri­gation Ad­min­is­tra­tion (NIA) on Mon­day, De­cem­ber 3, in­au­gu­rated the P170 mil­lion new­ly­completed and im­proved Sta. Bar­bara River Ir­ri­gation Sys­tem (SBRIS) in Iloilo.

Funded by the Ja­pan In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion Agency (JICA), the Na­tional Ir­ri­gation Sec­tor Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and Im­prove­ment Project (NISRIP) cov­ered the towns of Sta. Bar­bara, Le­ganes and Pavia in Iloilo prov­ince and Jaro dis­trict which is ex­pected to ben­e­fit more than 1,200 farm­ers.

JICA Philip­pines se­nior rep­re­sen­ta­tive Yo Ebi­sawa said the project will pave way for higher rice pro­duc­tiv­ity and in­come of Filipino farm­ers “which re­main to be one of the most press­ing is­sues that Philip­pines agri­cul­ture is con­fronted with.”

“Filipino farm­ers, un­for­tu­nately, re­main among the Philip­pines poor­est sec­tors with poverty in­ci­dence as much as 34.3 per­cent. And with this project, we hope our farmer to im­prove and sus­tain their pro­duc­tiv­ity and in­come,” Ebi­sawa said in his speech.

He as­sured that JICA would con­tinue to sup­port the agri­cul­ture sec­tor of the Philip­pines.

NISRIP project man­ager Sil­vino Navarro said the project will im­prove av­er­age crop­ping in­ten­sity of farm­ers from 162 per­cent to 200 per­cent.

Navarro said it will also in­crease ir­ri­gated area from 2,239 hectares to 2,289 hectares dur­ing wet sea­son, and from 1,465 hectares to 2,289 hectares dur­ing dry sea­son.

The project will also in­crease paddy fields from 99 to 110 ca­vans per hectare for the wet sea­son and 80 to 100 ca­vans per hectares for dry sea­son, he added.

For his part, Ad­min­is­tra­tor Ri­cardo Visaya of the NIA said the project will trans­late into an ef­fi­cient op­er­a­tions and main­te­nance that will op­ti­mize the ben­e­fits de­rived from the ir­ri­gation sys­tem.

The newly in­au­gu­rated project is one of the 11 na­tional ir­ri­gation sys­tems cov­ered by the NISRIP na­tion­wide.

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