Estrella-Irrigation gives the farmers reason to plant

May 20, 2012 at 9:14 pm Leave a comment


Brando Cortez

SAN NICOLAS-Irrigation projects meant to carry water from the re-regulating pond at the San Roque Dam are now in full blast to meet the government’s rice self sufficiency program.

It was during last year’s budget hearing when Abono Party-list Rep. Robert Raymund M. Estrella Jr. and chairman Rosendo So lobbied for the national government to fund irrigation projects in eastern Pangasinan to take advantage of the water that will be impounded by the re-regulating pond.

Estrella said the bottomline of providing irrigation projects is to give reason for farmers to plant.

“Binibigyan natin ng reason ang magsasaka na magtanim…Magtatanim sila dahil kikita sila,” Estrella said. “Para ano pa na magtanim sila kung hindi naman sila kikita?”

“Kapag may kita ang farmers…may pambili sila ng pang-araw araw na pangangailangan, may pera sila para sa pag-aaral ng mga anak nila.” Estrella said. “

Estrella said the government should take advantage of the resources available in the province.

“Unlike other provinces, the province of Pangasinan is blessed with a good source of water for irrigation purposes -he San Roque Dam.” Estrella said. “The water will be there and we need new irrigation canals where the water will flow to the farms.”

“As of now we are only utilizing 30 percent of the water from the San Roque Dam,” Estrella said. “May 70 percent na idle water, gagamitin natin ang tubig na nito para sa irrigation.

Pangasinan Federation of Irrigators Association President Oftociano Manalo said he worked with presidents of different irrigators associations to petition the government through the Abono Party-list to make representations with them during the budget hearing.

“Kasama ako noon na nagsubmit ng petition at nagsalita sa budget hearing for funding ng irrigation projects sa eastern Pangasinan,” Manalo said. “Around 4,500 hectares ang bagong mapapatubigan, ibig sabihin niyan ay additional palay production para sa mga magsasaka ng Pangasinan.”

Estrella said that he conceptualized the project with consultation from NIA Agno River Integrated Irrigation Project Office.

NIA ARIIP Project Manager Reynaldo Mencias said that the irrigation projects complementing the re-regulating pond are meant to increase yield in palay and cropping intensity.

Mencias said crop intensity is when the farmers in the newly irrigated areas will have additional cropping seasons resulting to increased incomes due to the introduction of year round water supply to their farms.

“The water from the re-regulating pond will be channeled through the new irrigation systems and this means that the farmers can plant palay for at most 3 cropping seasons,” Mencias said. “If the farmers had one cropping season only, now they can go for 3 cropping seasons.”

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