Piñol eyes solar-powered irrigation facilities for remote areas
Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol is planning to introduce solar-powered irrigation facilities in the remote areas of the country.
Piñol said the solar-powered irrigation facilities will not only provide electricity to remote villages but also provide communities with water for their rice fields and vegetable gardens as well as water for cooking and drinking.
“The idea of using solar-powered irrigation facilities dawned upon me when I visited a Tilapia fishpond owned and managed by a Filipino-American in the middle of the desert in Southern California,” Piñol said.
Aquafarming Tech uses solar panels to trigger and power its pumps to draw water from 1,000 feet below the surface to supply water to ponds in its 25-acre property. The farm, owned and run by Rocky French, is in the middle of the desert in Coachela Valley in Southern California.
Piñol said prototypes of Aquafarming Tech’s agricultural irrigation will soon be built in pilot areas in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.