Ilocos Norte's 300 small irrigation projects to boost productivity, water supply


Jun. 30, 2021 ...

Around 300 units of small-scale irrigation projects have been built and rehabilitated in Ilocos Norte to help farmers boost their productivity.

The irrigation projects, spearheaded by the Provincial Agriculture Office (OPAg) and the Sustainable Development Center (SDC), aim to maximize water collection and storage to augment water supplies and increase the likelihood of growing high-value crops during the summer.

"May mga na tapos na at ongoing construction ng irrigation facilities sa iba't-ibang parte ng probinsya. Ang mga ito ay funded ng Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte at Department of Agriculture (DA)," Engr. Ma. Theresa Bacnat, OPAg Planning Officer, stated.

Specifically, small farm reservoirs, shallow tube wells, small water impounding projects, and diversion dams are constructed in agricultural areas in the province.

Moreover, a budget from the Provincial Government's 5% Disaster Risk Reduction Management Fund has been set aside for the future procurement of a rainwater harvesting facility.

In time of rice planting season, the OPAg is also facilitating the distribution of hybrid certified rice seeds from DA Regional Field Office I to different farmers' associations.

"Ongoing ang distribution ng hybrid certified seeds mula sa region. May counterpart din ang mga local government units gaya ng pamimigay ng fertilizers. Ang ibang grupo ng magsasaka ay nakapagsimula na ring magtanim ng punla," Engr. Bacnat added.

She also advised farmers in places where there is insufficient rainfall at present, particularly in the province's southern part, to keep an eye on the weather and the availability of water to ensure that their crops grow this planting season.