• NIA prepares action to cushion El Niño impact

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    CABANATUAN CITY, Nueva Ecija: The Upper Pampanga River Integrated Irrigation System (UPRIIS), the largest national irrigation system administratively supervised by the National Irrigation Administration (NIA), has programmed 113,000 hectares of rice farm for the forthcoming wet season as it readies actions to cushion the impact of forecasted prolonged drought.

    Engineer Josephine Salazar, UPRIIS operations manager, said they purchased at least 80 units of water pumps to be distributed to various irrigators’ association to bring water to tail-end areas from small impounding systems.

    Salazar said the machines will divert water from small impounding systems to tail-end such as portions of Aliaga, Zaragoza, San Antonio and other places.

    She said the wet season that starts June 1, this year requires that the dam elevation be at least 183 or 184 meters above sea level.

    PNA

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