NIA set to repair damaged irrigation systems


AFTER completing their assessment of the damage to irrigation systems in the province caused by monsoon rains and typhoons, the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) is set to repair all damaged irrigation canals for the second cropping of the farmers.

NIA Pangasinan Project Manager, Engineer Dennis de Vera, said 101,000 hectares from the 181,000 hectares of rice fields or 60% of the rice land in the province are now irrigated and ready for second cropping this October and November.

De Vera said there are seventy seven (77) existing irrigation projects in the province being  maintained with P675 million fund from the national government to help the farmers sustain their harvests.

Among those that will be rehabilitated are the Binday Dam in San Fabian with P92 million budget for the irrigation of farms in San Fabian, San Jacinto, Mangaldan and Manaoag; Bacoling Irrigation project in Mangatarem with P30 million budget for the irrigation of 80 hectares farm land in Mangatarem; Mapita Irrigation projects in Aguilar with P35 million budget; Muelang Irrigation project in Mangatarem with P35 million budget and the special project in San Manuel with P40 million fund for the irrigation of 12,000 hectares in eastern Pangasinan.

De Vera said the harvest in the last dry season was bountiful with the help of our irrigation system and he hopes that the farmers can recover in the second cropping after suffering huge losses because of the recent typhoons and monsoon rains.  (Nora Dominguez)


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