• Cagayan farms thirst for waters of Magat dam

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    CAUAYAN CITY, Isabela: Without releasing stored water in the Magat dam reservoir, farmers may not be able to plant this coming cropping season next month.

    This is the reason why the National Irrigation Administration-Magat River Integrated Irrigation System (NIA-MRIIS) will start the release of its stored water for irrigation purposes for the next cropping season on November 4.

    Engr. Mariano Dancel, NIA-MRIIS operations manager, said the Magat dam reservoir has enough stored water for irrigation this coming cropp- ing season.

    “Stored water in the Magat dam is enough for irrigation of farm lands in our areas of operation,” Dancel said.

    He said the water elevation as of October 22 is at 192.37 meters, “enough to sustain irrigation for the more than 80,000 hectares ricelands until the next harvest season.”

    On November 4, NIA-MRIIS said, the areas to be irrigated are the farmlands in the towns of Ramon, Cordon, parts of Santiago City, Cabatuan, San Mateo and San Isidro.

    The NIA-MRIIS will also release irrigation water on November 11 to the towns of Saguday and Cabarroguis in the province of Quirino; the towns of Echague, parts of Santiago City, San Mateo, Cauayan City, Reina Mercedes, Naguilian, Alicia, Angadanan and Luna will follow.

    Another schedule of release will be on November 14 to irrigate rice fields in the towns of Roxas, San Manuel, Quirino, Aurora, Burgos and Gamu in Isabela.

    The release, however, will still require farmers to use the released stored water wisely, according to NIA-MRIIS officials.

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