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Dev’t of solar-powered irrigation system to get sure funding of P44B

The establishment of Solar Powered Irrigation Systems (SPIS) in strategic areas within the Philippines will get a sure funding of P44 billion, according to the Department of Agriculture.

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said that to attain rice self-sufficiency by 2020, a total of 500,000 hectares of farmlands across the country need to be supplied with water.

“We need to think outside the box if we want to achieve rice self-sufficiency,” Piñol said during the turnover of the first fully functional SPIS in Brgy. New Janiuay, M’lang, North Cotabato.

The rice fields in Brgy. New Janiuay can now harvest twice a year at 120 sacks per hectare per cropping season with the full operation of the SPIS. This is almost double its previous yield of 80 sacks per hectare once a year. The SPIS costs nearly P8 million to build.

Presently, 169 SPIS are being constructed across the country and is expected to grow in numbers with the P44 billion approved budget.


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