BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya: Amid destruction of crops in some parts of Cagayan Valley and the country as an effect of the prolonged drought, good irrigation systems in the province have saved farmers’ crops in the rest of the region.
Provincial Agriculturist Alexander Domingo said the good irrigation systems in Nueva Vizcaya have become one of the major defenses against effects of the prolonged drought, enabling the province to continue supplying vegetables to Divisoria and Nepa Q Mart in Metro Manila (National Capital Region or NCR).
“The dry spell barely affected the production of farmers here because of good irrigation systems and the sustained support of the local government units in mitigating the effects of any drought,” Domingo noted.
He explained that Nueva Vizcaya is the main supplier of water to the Magat Dam, one of Asia’s biggest power and irrigation facilities located along the Isabela-Ifugao border.
The dam is also the second-biggest power provider among hydroelectric dams in Luzon, contributing at least 380 megawatts of electricity for the Luzon grid and can irrigate more than 84,000 hectares of farmlands in Isabela and parts of Cagayan and Quirino provinces.
“Compared to other provinces, we were not badly affected because of our very good irrigation infrastructure,” Domingo said.
Besides, he added, the provincial government was able to support several farmers in sustaining their irrigation needs through provision of water pumps and alternative planting materials that are drought-resistant.
“Also, the use of heavy equipment in dredging and clearing of irrigation systems helped a lot in providing water supply to affected agricultural lands,” Domingo said.