ILOILO –Small scale irrigation projects worth over P41.48-million will soon be constructed to boost the agricultural production in thirteen areas in province.
The projects, which will also increase the income of farmers, are co-funded by the Department of Agriculture (DA) and Provincial Agriculture’s Office of Iloilo.
Agricultural Engineering Division Chief Engr. Salvador B. Alipe said the project consist of the following:
*Foundation Check Dam in Pototan
*Janipa-an West Check Dam in Mina
*Manguna Check Dam in Cabatuan
*Buwang Small Water Impounding Project (SWIP) in Lambunao
*Batiti SWIP in Concepcion
*Aglosong SWIP in Concepcion
*Cordova Norte Check Dam in Tigbuan
*Bololacao Check Dam in New Lucena
*Sto. Nino Check Dam in San Miguel
*Durog Diversion Dam in Miagao
*Madong Diversion Dam in Miagao
*Ligtos Diversion Dam in Leon
*Salvacion Diversion Dam in Balasan
DA Regional Director Larry Nacionales has issued a certification signifying that P36.9-million from the National Rice Program Fund has been made available for the construction of the projects.
Governor Arthur Defensor Sr., on the other, also earmarked P4.58-million or about 10 percent of the total cost of the project as counterpart.
“These projects are now up for bidding. The qualified contractors, however, have to wait since we will only award it once we get the funds from the DA’s regional office,” Alipe said.
Alipe said the projects must be finished within 150 working days so it could provide irrigation to 801.72 hectares of rice fields benefiting over 594 farmers.
Meanwhile, the governor acknowledged the importance of the project to the attainment of food security in the province.
He is also optimistic that the project can help the province reach its rice production target of 1.008-million metric tons of rice yearly.
As of July 2014, the province has produced 326,644.00 metric tons of rice. Last year, prolonged dry spell and violent typhoons gravely affected the province’s rice yield. The inclement weather became a stumbling block to reach the yearly target for the province only produced 974,781.46 metric tons. #2014News