NIA irrigation extension project 40% accomplished
By Virgilio Sar. Maganes
ROSALES- The Agno River Irrigation System Extension Project (ARISEP) under the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) has posted a 40% accomplishment as of January 31, 2017.
This was bared by Engr. Ceferino Sta. Ana, Assistant Project Manager of ARISEP during an interview by Northern Watch in his office last February 14.
He said the physical target was at least to accomplish 60% at the end of 2016 but was hindered by typhoons and monsoon rains.
“Aside from the calamities, we have also the May 2016 elections where government projects have been suspended, ARISEP included,” he said.
Sta. Ana also said project facilities, field support, institutional development program, pre-construction and detailed engineering including the acquisition of right-of-way (ROW) have been accomplished on targets except for engineering and construction works.
“We are now fast-tracking construction works in order to catch up the delays in implementation,” he said.
Started in July 2015, the project costing P2.6 billion is aimed to enhance farmers’ productivity and generate more income.
” It is expected that the present P29,000 income per hectare of farmers will increase to P47,500 per hectare. The cropping intensity from 111 percent would double to 200 percent,” Sta. Ana said.
Once completed, ARISEP will irrigate around 12,800 hectares of rice fields benefiting 10,557 farmers in eastern Pangasinan to include the towns of San Nicolas, Tayug, Sta. Maria, Rosales, Sto. Tomas and Alcala including the town of San Manuel in Tarlac province.
Arisep is the extension of the Agno River Integrated Irrigation Project (ARIIP) that served 30,000 farmers planting on 12,530 hectares farmlands in the towns of Asingan, Balungao, Bautista, Binalonan, Calasiao, Laoac, Manaoag, Mapandan, Mangaldan, Natividad, Sta. Maria, San Manuel, San Quintin, Sta. Barbara, Tayug and Villasis and Urdaneta City.
Pangasinan is the third biggest rice producer next to Nueva Ecija and Isabela provinces, but half of its 180,000 hectaresfarmlands still rely on rain.
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