NIA starts irrigation project in northern Iloilo

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Friday, May 9, 2014


THE National Irrigation Administration (NIA) has started the construction of a small reservoir irrigation project (Srip) in northern Iloilo.

Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Proceso Alcala said the project is expected to irrigate some 2,050 hectares of farmlands that include new area of 265 hectares and restoration of 459 hectares, including 1,326 hectares as area for rehabilitation.

The Srip cost almost P1 billion and will be constructed in the upper farming area of Barangay Nueva Invencion, Barotac Viejo in northern Iloilo.

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Senate President Franklin Drilon and Iloilo Representative Niel Tupas Jr. led in the laying of the reservoir irrigation project on May 8, 2014. The project will be completed by June 2016.

The project consists of a dam with earth embankment of 27 meters, drainage area, spillway of ungated Ogee type, diversion and irrigation conduits and catchment and storage areas,

Alcala said the project will give the farmers a sustainable irrigation facility as northern Iloilo is currently suffering from the severe drought. Farming lands are mostly affected as the El Niño phenomenon continues to lambast Panay island farms and food production areas.

Alcala said the irrigation project will almost double rice production in the area from 265 to 409 metric tons (MT) and will generate several labor employment opportunities during the construction period, specifically with unemployed farmers during the dry season.

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