IRRIGATORS’ Association (IA) offices with support facilities and farm machineries that will benefit 1,266 farmers were turned over to beneficiaries on Dec 3, 2018. (Photo Courtesy of Gail Momblan)
SOME 1, 266 farmers will benefit from the rehabilitation and improvement of Sta. Barbara River Irrigation System (SBRIS) in Iloilo province.
The rehabilitation is expected to boost rice productivity of farmer beneficiaries specifically improve the average cropping intensity from 162 to 200 percent; increase irrigated area from 2,239 to 2, 289 hectares during wet season and from 1, 465 to 2, 289 hectares during dry season; and increase paddy yields from 99 to 110 cavans per hectare for the wet season and 80 to 100 cavans per hectares for the dry season.
The project will include the rehabilitation of diversion dam; main canal; laterals; drainage canal structures; on-farm structures and service roads and construction of Irrigation Association offices with support facilities.
General Ricardo Visaya, administrator of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) said that the P170-M project was funded by the Government of Japan through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
“NIA has already accomplished the rehabilitation and improvement of this river irrigation system and we will never stop giving you, our farmers, the best possible service that you deserve,” Visaya said.
The service roads and construction of Irrigation Association (IA) offices with support facilities, on the other hand, are also a significant component of the project, Visaya said.
The new IA offices will be used to house documents, hold meetings, and a place where different agencies can coordinate with the IAs.
Farmers’ income is also expected to improve as the support facilities and farm machineries will ensure the quality of rice produced, Visaya added.
Meanwhile, Yo Ebisawa, senior representative of JICA Philippines cited that the Filipino farmers remain among the Philippines’ poorest sector with 34.3 percent poverty incidence.
Ebisawa hopes for the farmers to make the most of the interventions to improve and sustain their productivity and income.
On Dec 3, 2018, Visaya, Ebisawa and Embassy of Japan’s Minister of Economic Affairs Makoto Iyori led the inauguration of the Sta. Barbara River Irrigation System (SBRIS) rehabilitation and improvement project and the turn-over of IA offices with support facilities and farm machineries to the beneficiaries.