NIA projects to water 4,000 hectares

January 6, 2014 at 9:31 am Leave a comment


By Brando Cortez

URDANETA CITY-Rice production is expected to increase in the Ilocos Region once irrigation construction activities in the region are completed.

The Regional irrigation Management Office for the Ilocos Region bared that approximately 4,000 hectares will benefit from irrigation facilities that will be constructed for the year 2014.

National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Ilocos Region Manager Renato Millan said a total of 4,279 hectares will benefit from irrigation construction activities to be conducted in Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union and Pangasinan.

He said 1,882 hectares will be newly irrigated areas while 1,183 hectares will be irrigated again through the restoration of irrigation facilities, and 1,214 hectares will be in operation anew after rehabilitation works are finished.

Small River Impounding Projects (SRIP) are on board for 2014 in Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur. Some of the SRIP are in different stages of completion.

He said the Sulvec SRIP in Ilocos Norte with a budget of P120 million will have construction of canal facilities so that farmers will immediately get their farms watered through irrigation.

The Barbar SRIP in Ilocos Sur has a budget of P45 million for dam construction and P55 million for irrigation facilities while the Gaco SRIP has a budget of P135 million for irrigation facilities.

Millan added that the farmers are also being trained to manage the systems through the Irrigation Management Transfer (IMT) program.

The Irrigation Management Transfer program empowers the Irrigators Associations to maintain irrigations facilities, collect irrigation fees and finally have the entire management turned over to them.

Millan said there are 214 Irrigators Associations entered in the IMT. The 214 IAs manage to irrigate 37,216 hectares in 16 national irrigation systems in the Ilocos Region.

Region 1 Confederation of Irrigators Associations President Oftociano Manalo Jr said the ultimate objective of the IMT is for IAs to operate the facilities while the NIA will operate the dams.

He said NIA is giving the IAs the management tools and training so that there will come a time when IAs will be managing multimillion facilities involved in rice production.

“Ang pagpapalakas sa mga IAs ay magbibigay sa mga magsasaka ng kakayanan para mag-manage ng operations ng patubig kahit milyon milyon na ang involved para sa produksiyon ng bigas,” Manalo said.

Millan said a total of 2,023 hectares in Pangasinan will receive irrigation services once construction activities are completed.

He said 300 hectares of new areas will be watered for the first time while 793 hectares will benefit from irrigation restoration activities and irrigation services will start again in 930 hectares after rehabilitation works are completed.

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