Irrigation facility to help farmers combat effects of El Niño
The Department of Agrarian Reforms is helping farmers cope with the effects of the El Niño phenomenon with the turnover of an irrigation facility worth P35.7 million in Rizal, Cagayan.
This comes as a timely aid as the country faces a long dry spell this year.
Over 5,000 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) will benefit from the Mauanan Communal Irrigation System implemented, a project under the Agrarian Reform Support Infrastructure Project (ARISP).
The project will ensure that water will flow in 140 hectares of agricultural lands that cover the areas of Barangays Maunan, Iluru Sur, Iluru Norte, Gagabutan East, and Gagabutan West all clustered under the Malaueg agrarian reform community. Also benefitting from it are farms in neighboring barangays, Gaddangao and Baluncanag.
“This irrigation facility will create significant change to the lives of our farmer beneficiaries, we only hope that the 1,060 household that will benefit from this project will take good care of the facility, so that the progress is continuous,” DAR Regional Director Atty. Marjorie Ayson.
There are also strong projections that crop production for rice and corn may increase by up to 80 to 100 cavans per hectare, generating more income for the farmers.
For their part, the local government has thanked the department for the project and assured that they will be helping the farmers take care of it to make sure that it meets its objective. (ANGEL ONG)