Solar-powered irrigation project in Cagayan is now operational
The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has recently turned over a solar-powered irrigation system in Cagayan to help increase the farm productivity of farmers in the San Esteban agrarian reform community (ARC) in Alcala town.
“Based on our studies, we have identified Barangay San Esteban as one of the most arid places in Cagayan, meaning, some areas here are too dry or too barren to support vegetation. We are providing our farmers with this solar-powered irrigation because we know that this will greatly increase their production,” DAR Undersecretary for Support Services Rosalina Bistoyong said.
The irrigation system project is conducted under the DAR’s Climate Resilient Farm Productivity Support Project (CRFPSP) in partnership with the Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM).
The project includes community orientation, planning, and training on the operation of project facility and installation of solar pump equipment.
Bistoyong said the solar-powered irrigation is a complete system which provides fresh water from a well and reservoir for use in livestock, domestic use, and industrial agriculture.
“This irrigation project will address the ARC’s problem of extreme dryness during summer, especially if there is an El Niño phenomenon where there is an absence of rain that lasts for months,” she added.