NIA Quezon City – The National Irrigation Administration – Negros Island Region, last week, handed over at least twenty (20) Communal Irrigation Projects (CIP) during its Mass Turn-over Ceremony in the said region.
The completed projects are set to irrigate at least 6,000 hectares of agricultural lands in Negros Occidental and Oriental.
According to NIA-NIR Regional Manager Engr. Mario H. Sande the said projects will benefit 2,841 farmers and will improve their respective harvests.
“The youngest NIA regional office is committed to delivering quality service and continued support to the government’s advocacy in agricultural development”, he added.
One of the irrigation projects turned over is the Php 108-million Dauin SRIS located in Dauin, Negros Oriental which was programmed to irrigate 1,000 hectares of agricultural lands. The system is set to benefit 685 farmers from Dauin-Hinalin-Lipayo Irrigators Association (IA).
During the ceremony, NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya emphasized that he is looking into quality irrigation projects for Filipino farmers. The Irrigation chief is also keen in modernizing irrigation services by providing additional equipment in its regional offices.