Nueva Vizcaya: Three hundred thirty five hectares of rain-fed farms are expected to become more productive as the Department of Agrarian Reform turned over three newly communal irrigation system (CIS) worth P21.6 million in Dupax del Sur, Nueva Vizcaya.
Regional Director Atty. Marjorie Ayson said the Duppes-Mangayang CIS has a total cost of P9,543,550 and can irrigate 100 hectares of farmland for 100 beneficiaries. The Allawan CIS has a total cost of P10,747,960 which will service a total of 200 hectares and will benefit 191 farmers. The Palabotan CIS which has a total cost of P1,351,870 can irrigate 35 hectares that would benefit 27 beneficiaries.
“In sum, these three completed CIS will irrigate a total of 335 hectares of farmlands providing sufficient irrigation water for 318 farmers during their cropping cycle,” Ayson added.
Dupax del Sur Mayor Ruben Basconcillo Jr. expressed his appreciation to the DAR officials for the implementation of the CIS and post-harvest facilities that will help farmers become more productive particularly in the remote areas.
Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Primo Lara urged farmer beneficiaries to take care of the CIS and other post harvest facilities since maintenance and sustainability of the projects are now in their hands.
Engr. Antonio Lara, acting regional manager of the National Irrigation Administration of Region 2, said the improvement in the irrigation system will boost economic activities in the province and will help contribute to food sustain–ability and in the rice self-sufficiency efforts of the government.