P2.6 billion needed to finish NIA project

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The National Irrigation Administration (NIA)-Agno River Irrigation Integration Project (NIA-ARIIP) will need about P2.6 billion to complete by 2016 the Agno River Irrigation System Extension Project (ARISEP) which aims to benefit around 28,000 farming families in Pangasinan.

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Seferino Sta. Ana, assistant project manager of NIA-ARIIP and ARISEP, told reporters on Wednesday that the project seeks to enhance the productivity of farmers and provide income generation prospects.

The project is also seen to stimulate economic activity in the service area as well as adjacent areas by spurring employment opportunities.

The NIA official explained that the ARISEP is composed of two re-regulating ponds in the Agno River which fulfills the irrigation requirements of farmers in the area: the right bank and the left bank.

The right bank has already commenced operations while NIA-ARIIP is in the process of proposing the construction of the left bank to complete the ARISEP.

Sta. Ana said that the construction of the proposed left bank is projected to be completed in three years and would cost P2.6 billion.

The agency needs P500 million for the initial construction in 2014, P1 billion in 2015 and P1.1 billion in 2016.

When completed, the ARISEP can benefit about 28,000 farming families living along the Agno River, the project manager said.

Of the total, P20,000 families will benefit from irrigation water coming from the right bank of the project while the remaining 8,000 will benefit from irrigation water coming from the left bank.

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