With irrigation project, farmers shift to palay

January 24, 2013 at 8:13 am Leave a comment

by Virgilio Sar. Maganes

VILLASIS- A farmer in this town disclosed that with the construction of Urdaneta-Villasis Irrigation Project, he stopped planting vegetables like squash, green pepper, tomato and even corn and tobacco, and shifted to two cropping of palay.

“I used to plant vegetables in my farm but the farms get flooded when the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) releases water, the farms are flooded and vegetables could no longer thrive,” said Rodolfo Marquez of Tombod village.

Marquez, 43, married with two children, said he used to farm 3.5 hectares, 4,000 square meters of which were planted to various types of vegetables, one hectare to tobacco and the rest to corn.

“That was from 1999 to 2007. From vegetables production, I had a net income of around P40,000 because vegetables do not need fertilizer. From tobacco and corn the net income was around P 60,000 per cropping. Vegetables are my cash crops,” said Marquez.

The construction of irrigation facilities in 2008, Marquez said, changed his cropping pattern to purely palay production.

He said the two palay croppings yielded a total of 750 cavans or about P637, 500 gross income or a net income of P462,500 after deducting P175,000 production expenses or P50,000 per hectare.

He further said while vegetables, tobacco and corn were overtaken by palay production, the construction of irrigation in the area has more than doubled his family income.

“We farmers in Tombod are thankful to the government for constructing irrigation facilities in our area,” Marquez said.

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