LINGAYEN, Pangasinan: The provincial government will soon embark on a P100-million irrigation project in Pangasinan to assure water for the farms if the long dry spell caused by El Nino phenomenon persists.
Gov. Amado Espino told newsmen the projects included the construction, repair and rehabilitation of 32 communal irrigation systems (CIS) and installation of 183 shallow tube wells (STWs) in rainfed areas not serviced by existing irrigation systems.
El Nino is expected to be felt sometime this month of October till the first quarter next year and is expected to affect the capacity of the farms to produce food crops for the people.
He said that the projects to be implemented in various areas from Infanta in southwestern Pangasinan to Umingan in the eastern side of the province is in anticipation to the long dry spell.
The governor said the projects were expected to be completed in two months just in time to mitigate the effects of the El Nino.
The project cost involves P56.28 million for the 32 CIS and P43.7 million for the STWs, for a total of P100 million, which the governor said will be drawn from the loan availed of by the province from the Land Bank of the Philippines intended to fund agriculture projects.
The STWs are set to deliver water to 18,139 hectares of land tilled by 16,120 farmers while the CIS will irrigate some 4, 977 hectares of land to benefit some 4,509 farmers.
Espino said the facilities would be turned over to the farmers through their respective associations as soon as they were completed
Meanwhile, the governor announced that aside from the P100 million allocated for the irrigation projects, the provincial government also allocated P186 million for the operation of Office of the Provincial Agriculturist for 2015.