BACOLOD CITY, March 26 (PNA) — The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) is set to construct two comprehensive irrigation projects worth P19 million in Negros Occidental starting this month.
Of the total project cost, a P6-million irrigation project will be built in Barangay Gawahon, Victorias City, while the other P13 million will rise in Barangay Gen. Malvar in Pontevedra town.
The irrigation project in Victorias City is expected to deliver water in 200 hectares of rice fields benefiting 100 farmers of the Binintigan Farmers and Rural Farm Workers’ Association.
The one in Pontevedra can serve 120 hectares of rice fields owned by 130 farmers of the General Malvar Irrigators’ Multi-Purpose Cooperative.
Both irrigation projects are in partnership with the Provincial Agriculture’s Office of Negros Occidental.
Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. said these irrigation projects will boost the production capacities of farmer-beneficiaries and strengthen the provincial bid of becoming 100 percent rice self-sufficient by the end of the year.
Marañon also announced the inclusion of the farmer-beneficiaries under the province-run Negros First Universal Crop Insurance Program (NFUCIP) that provides crop insurance in times of typhoon or other calamities. (PNA)