Duterte to lead commissioning of next solar-powered irrigation
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said President Rodrigo Duterte will lead the commissioning of the second Solar-Powered Irrigation System (SPIS) in Central Luzon to be operational in June.
This, according to him, will signify the President’s support for the flagship program of the Department of Agriculture (DA), which could irrigate up to 500,000 hectares in the remaining four years of his administration.
Duterte was just recently informed by Piñol about the first SPIS in Matalam, North Cotabato, which was commissioned last week and now irrigates 40-hectares of previously rain-fed rice farms.
“His face brightened when I told him that the Solar-Powered Irrigation System was completed in just days at a cost of only P6.4 million, or a development cost of only P150,000 per hectare as compared to about P450,000 per hectare for conventional irrigation systems,” Piñol said.
“He readily agreed when I asked him to lead the commissioning of the second SPIS,” he added.
In March last year, Duterte witnessed the demonstration of the SPIS proto-type in New Janiuay, Mlang, North Cotabato.
A total of 117 SPIS will be built all over the country this year, which are expected to irrigate almost 5,000 hectares.