THE Provincial Government of Negros Occidental will partner with the Department of Agriculture (DA) for the construction of a diversion dam project in Barangay Minoyan, Murcia town amounting to P3 million.
The Provincial Board during its regular session on Wednesday approved a resolution giving Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. the authority to sign an agreement with the Mt. Kanlaon Natural Park-Protected Area Management Board (MKNP-PAMB) and the Katugasan Diversion Dam Irrigators Association for the implementation of the project.
Fourth District Board Member Victor Javellana, chairman of committee on agriculture and food, told Sun.Star Bacolod that the Katugasan Diversion Dam Irrigation Project is expected to irrigate about 65 hectares of farms, mostly rice, and benefit 57 farmer-members.
The diversion dam, which will cross and tap water from a small river in Barangay Minoyan, has a discharge capacity of 408 liters of water per second, or about 24,000 liters per minute.
Javellana said the project will help farmers in the area by further assuring them stable water source that will result to increase in production output.
The project will also contribute to the province’s rice self-sufficiency target within the next three years as mandated by the DA, he added.
Under a counterparting scheme, the DA will fund 90 percent of the total construction cost, or P2.7 million while the province will have a counterpart of 10 percent, or P300,000, which will be sourced from its 20 percent development fund.
As soon as the memorandum of agreement (MOA) signing is done, the construction will immediately start within the year, Javellana said.
The Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) and the recipient-association will then work closely on its operation, he added.
“We are looking at the construction of more projects like this that provide farmers, mainly small ones, access to water sources especially during dry season,” Javellana said.