The Department of Agriculture (DA) has inaugurated the P34-million communal irrigation system in Barangay Talisay, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato, which aims to provide a steady water supply to more than 100 farmers in the upland village of the town.
“This will serve 100 hectares [has]of existing farm areas and 100 has of new areas more,” Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said. Alcala said the project that was turned over to its beneficiaries on January 17 consists of two stream check diversion structures with 120 canals stretching to 5.6 kilometers.
The DA chief urged the farmer-beneficiaries affiliated with the Talisay Irrigators’ Association to strictly implement and follow house rules related to the management of the irrigation project.
While inspecting the project, he encouraged the farmers to plant fruit-bearing trees and raise livestock animals along the watershed to maximize the area and double their income.
Alcala said there is a great demand for sour tamarind in Europe and America.
He added that with over 10 million Filipinos abroad, the produce has a ready market.
Alcala added that the department will be dispersing coffee seedlings for planting in the watershed area.
“This effort will be a partnership of DA and the local government,” he said.
The DA Office in Region XII, headed by Director Amalia Jayag-Datukan, will conduct field schools in the community to train farmers in new technology that will ensure high quality and sustainable supply of produce.