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P7M solar-powered irrigation project poised to boost agricultural productivity in Conner, Apayao

Conner, Apayao – With the installation of a cost-efficient solar irrigation project in Daga, Conner, a year-round, abundant water supply boosting agricultural productivity in the area is now assured.

 

The project, costing about P7 million, has been completed recently and has also had its final inspection.

 

Leading the final inspection were Alwin Sabbun Jr., Project-in-Charge, together with Engr. Josephine C. Alvarado, the Chief Engineering Section of the NIA Apayao Irrigation Management Office (IMO).

 

Accordingly, the project was made possible through funding under the Small Irrigation Project (SIP) for 2023.

 

The structure is now ready to serve 15 hectares of rice field owned by 10 farmers in the municipality.

 

The National Irrigation Administration- Cordillera said the completed project is equipped with a sump pit and inlet, solar pump house, PV array structure, perimeter fence, 4 units of turnout, 1 unit of drainage crossing, 200 meters pipeline, 314.80 meters main canal, and the 218 meters lateral canal.


The provincial government of Apayao, in its press release, said the project manifest ‘NIA's dedication to sustainable and efficient irrigation practices, contributing significantly to the agricultural development and economic progress of Apayao.’

 

To recall, 21 solar irrigation projects were completed in the Cordillera Region last year. These include two in Apayao and two in West Apayao Abulug Irrigation System (WAAIS).

 

Solar-powered irrigation projects

 

Solar-powered irrigation projects are pumping facilities operated through solar energy and consist of a solar pumping controller and a pump.

 

Being a cost-efficient and climate change-adaptive technology that runs without utilizing fuel is one of the notable features of this irrigation scheme. It is also unaffected by power interruptions, simple to operate, environmentally friendly, suited for isolated watersheds and areas supplied by rain, and requires minimal maintenance.


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