NIA readies P30.5M irrigation projects for rice-producing areas PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 08 July 2013 11:22

The National Irrigation Administration is preparing the detailed plans for the construction of major irrigation system projects in rice producing barangays in this city.

NIA Acting Regional Director Engr. Francis Maningo said these projects will cost P30.5 million and are for implementation late this year or early next year.

Maningo said most of these areas are already irrigated rice fields but the implementation of the projects will increase or expand the areas to be irrigated and cultivated.

Maningo said that an effective irrigation system will also allow rice farmers to harvest at least three times in a year.

Maningo identified three areas in the west coast of this city namely the barangays of Ayala, Malagutay and Talisayan where irrigation facilities will be introduced or expanded.

The NIA has also lined up projects in the eastern part of the city, particularly in the barangays of Mercedes, Bunguiao, Manicahan, Bolong, Quiniput, Curuan, Vitali and Tictapul.

Maningo said all of the irrigation system projects will draw water from big rivers flowing through these barangays.

On the other hand, City Agriculturist Diosdado Palacat disclosed that this city’s rice fields can only produce about 30 percent of the rice requirement of the 800,000 population.

The bigger volume of rice for local consumers come from neighing provinces of Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga del Norte.

The residents of this city consume about 6,000 bags of rice a day and because of low local rice production most of the rice they buy comes from other places.

Palacat said the introduction or expansion of irrigation facilities will increase the local rice production.