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.