NIA set to finish all the repairs of Cordillera irrigation systems in 2013

November 22, 2012 11:39 am 

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Nov. 22 — The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) office here Thursday assured that all needed repairs of irrigation systems in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) will be finished early next year.

The assurance came from NIA Regional Director Jhon Sucalo.

According to Sucalo, NIA is ready to complement the efforts of the Department of Agriculture (DA) led by Secretary Proceso Alcala in achieving food sufficiency in the country, especially on rice supply.

The aggregate cost of the repairs is yet to be determined but he assured that sufficient NIA funds are available for the complete repairs and rehabilitation of irrigation facilities in the CAR.

"In fact, one of our priorities are the irrigation facilities in the provinces of Kalinga and Ifugao whose farmers are about to have their third cropping season starting next month. These two provinces of the CAR are the biggest rice producing areas in our region," he said.

Sucalo said that the concern on irrigation facilities in the area came with the Philippines Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) forecast that 2013 is an "El Nino" year or a period characterized by prolonged drought.

He said that in Benguet, Mountain Province, Abra and Apayao provinces, even the small water impounding facilities, are now set to be rehabilitated in anticipation of the phenomenon.

"These other areas of our region also need irrigation water to ensure their good production of various crops like vegetables, fruits, corn and other cereals," Sucalo said. (PNA)

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