NIA irrigation infrastructure to grow economies - Evasco

  • July 06, 2017
  • Rey Anthony Chiu

TAGBILARAN CITY, June 27 (PIA) -- Putting up irrigation facilities is not just about responding to the needs of the people but also about putting up opportunities to grow economies.

Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco issued the statement during the ground breaking of the P620 million Bonot-bonot Small Reservoir Impounding Project (SRIP) in barangay Rufo Hill, Buenavista town on June 26.

Speaking before farmer beneficiaries and residents of the largely agricultural and rice producing barangays of Bonot-bonot, Cangawa, Bato, Sweetland, Lapacan Norte and Buga-ong of Buenavista town, Evasco said the potential for the water impounding in Buenavista could go beyond the 550 hectares and 220 farmer and families beneficiaries of the multi-million project.

The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) has eyed Bohol to stand up for the region’s rice supply deficiency requirement considering Cebu’s few farms and Siquijor’s small land area.

In the farmlands of the seven barangays near Bonotbonot, Evasco who admitted growing up as a farmer and has kept a demo farm to prove it, said the average production here is 4.55 tons per hectare.

The irrigation facility, which construction rolls by next month, would increase to about 600 kilos more of per hectare production, Evasco stated.

Stressing the key support government should give to rice sufficiency, Evasco pointed out that irrigation is the key element of attaining rice sufficiency.

The Duterte Administration did not have second thoughts about supporting the farmers on food security, Evasco said adding that the move for free irrigation service fee has since started in January.

The move, Evasco said hopes to free farmer families from the bonds of debt and increase family income.

He also sadly pointed out that changes in administration priorities have put the fight against poverty in the backseat. 

The provision of agricultural infrastructure like irrigation facilities should finally break the cycle of depravity, Evasco hinted.

In the same light, local irrigators association president and Buenavista Councilor Martin Nunez said they have requested the government through the NIA to allow them to use the water for local waterworks to households, as well as for power generation to run the motors to distribute the water to reservoirs and enough to deliver it to the town’s farthest household taps. (fcr/rahc/pia7/bohol)



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