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  • Writer's pictureChristian Malnawa

P18M solar-powered irrigation system turned over to Calaocan, Rizal farmers


Tabuk City, Kalinga – The long-standing issue of shortage of irrigation systems in Barangay Caloacan, Rizal is no longer a problem in the area with the P18 million worth solar-powered irrigation pump recently turned over to Rizal Indigent Farmers Irrigators Association.


Department of Agrarian Reform-Kalinga head Adela Damaso said the solar project is now serving 50 households in the community.


The project, she added, can irrigate 60 hectares of agricultural lands owned by members of said association.


She relayed that among notable features of the irrigation scheme is its cost-efficient and climate change adaptive technology which can run without utilizing fuel.

Also, it is unaffected by power interruptions, simple to operate, environmental-friendly, suited for isolated watersheds and areas supplied by rain, and it only requires minimal maintenance.


In an interview, DAR-Kalinga Provincial Information Officer relayed the so-called ‘diesel-less’ irrigation scheme was funded by the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program-Irrigation component.


The project’s components include five units of solar-powered pumping system, 1.08 kilometers of concrete canal lining, and five units of reservoir tanks.


Aside from the said project, another solar irrigation pump in the municipality is also ongoing, particularly in Barangay Santor, Rizal.

When finished, the solar project which is now on its Phase 2 implementation will be serving 47 farmers who are members of Alimit-Santor Irrigators Association, one of those organizations being assisted by the agency.


As recalled, it was also last month when the agency’s top official visited Kalinga and led the awarding of a total of 1,201.8922 hectares of land to 772 agrarian reform beneficiaries and P30 million worth of farm machineries and equipment to 960 farmers in the province.

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