DAR turns over P57.6-M irrigation project in Albay

January 6, 2011 12:33 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 6 – The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) said Thursday it has turned over a P57.6-million communal irrigation project to the Kamanitohan agrarian reform community in Manito, Albay.

Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio De Los Reyes said the project, funded by the World Bank-assisted Second Agrarian Reform Communities Development Project (ARCDP2), would greatly help rice farmers double their income as they could maximize rice production to two cropping seasons unlike when they relied heavily on rainwater alone.

Agrarian Reform Undersecretary for field operations Renato Herrera said the irrigation facility could irrigate 320 hectares on the first cropping and another 170 hectares on the second cropping season in barangays Pawa and Balasbas.

“This will increase rice production, farm productivity and household income of about 350 farming households in these barangays,” he added.

Herrera stressed that the provision of support services is one of the two major components of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP). The other is the land acquisition and distribution.

“It is DAR’s aim to increase farm productivity, doubling farmers’ income and making the agricultural industry competitive in the market by providing support services like this.” (PNA)

LDV/JCA

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