Mencias says ARIIP will irrigate 13,000 hectares for dry crop season

February 26, 2010 at 10:45 am Leave a comment

By Brando Cortez

ROSALES-Farms being served by the National Irrigation Administration Agno River Integrated Irrigation Project (NIA ARIIP) during the dry crop season will have enough water as the construction of the re-regulating pond at San Roque Dam is on-going, Project Manager Engr. Rey Mencias said.

A total of about 13,000 hectares will be served by the ARIIP.

“By the end of March, full rehabilitation of the Agno River Irrigation System (ARIS) will be able to water 10,000 hectares and by May 16 we will have completed the rehabilitation of the Lower Agno River Irrigaton System (LARIS) that will irrigate an additional 3,000 hectares,” Mencias said.

“The ARIS services the towns of San Manuel, Asingan, Villasis, Binalonan, Laoac, Manaoag, Managldan, Calasiao, Santa Barbara , Mapandan, some parts of Malasiqui and Urdaneta City ,” Mencias continued.

For the coming El Niño, Mencias said that the ARIIP depends on the water releases of the San Roque Dam.

“The San Roque Dam operates on the average of 8 to 10 hours a day, and our irrigation systems are dependent on its water releases,” said Mencias. “When acute water shortage is experienced we will hold consultations with irrigators associations for possible rotation of water services.”

He said that farms not currently within the ARIIP service areas may use centrifugal water pumps.

“Centrifugal water pumps, those that are 3 inches in diameter can water about 1 to 2 hectares,” Mencias said. “ The amount of water that can be pumped out is dependent of the underground water level.”

Mencias said that the construction of the re-regulating pond is on schedule and the time frame is three years.

“The China Agricultural Machinery Company (CAMC) is the contractor of the project and hopes to finish the project by 2012,” Mencias said. “The completion of the re-regulating pond will serve approximately 34,000 hectares.”

The size of the re-regulating pond is 300 meters in length and about 12 meters in height which can impound about 4.5 million cubic meters of water.

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