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  • Writer's pictureDianne Jayne Lumines

Cong. Mangaoang cites irrigation projects as key to boost agriculture

Updated: Jul 10, 2021

Tabuk City, Kalinga - Congressman Allen Jesse Mangaoang exalted the contribution of irrigation projects in boosting agricultural production in the province.

The solon, in a message, related that for every irrigation project realized, the farmer-beneficiaries, considered as the backbone of the nation’s economy, will be well supported.

“For every Irrigation project realized, we are injecting nourishment so that the backbone will not break. The zeal and dedication that nurtures our efforts can dramatically change socially and economically the plight of a farmer and our country’s conditions as a whole,” he stated.

Mangaoang cited a study revealing that agricultural productivity has slightly declined for the past year, that the strike of the pandemic might take a toll on the productivity, specifically happening at a time when there are still untapped irrigation potentials, both above and below the surface.

He then called for the need to rejuvenate and revitalize agriculture production through the enhanced use of irrigation and improved water management practices as much as the government should commit a greater proportion of resources to the sector involved.

“We should not neglect this very vital sector, as we use our irrigation canals, improvement of water management practices is necessary to rejuvenate and revitalize our agriculture. The government must commit a greater proportion of resources to this sector, and I am sure that the NIA will play its role in helping our farmers,” he expressed.

He then assured that strong support of budgetary requirements shall make National Irrigation Administration (NIA) and the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) become responsive and effective in providing solutions to the problems of the farmers.

Regino Wacas from the Office of the Congressman delivered the solon’s message during the turn-over of the PhP18.5 million communal irrigation system to the Jose Anniban Farmers Irrigators Association on July 07.

With the expected greater harvest of 76 palay farmers in Barangay Laya, the 2.3-kilometer irrigation project is expected to irrigate 133 hectares of rice farms in the city.


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