KIMO Manager Ronilio Cervantes and Kalinga Congressman Allen Jesse Mangaoang led the turn over of the first solar powered CIS in the province to officers and members of Sitio Aba Farmers Irrigators Association last September 4.
Engr. Noly Sabado, KIMO Operations and Maintenance Chief, said the solar project
with a depth of 62 meters and costing PhP2.2 million will irrigate six hectares and benefits 15 farmers. The project was worked out through the initiative of District Representative Allen Jesse Mangaoang.
“Now that the CIS is operational, beneficiaries will now till their farms for two cropping in a year,” he said. The farms used to be rain-fed and cropping was once a year or no cropping at all during long dry spell.
Antonio Santiago, President of Sitio Aba Irrigators Association, expressed his group’s gratitude to KIMO and the Office of the Congressman for the realization of their long desire to have CIS.
“Dakkel nga iyaman mi ken Congressman Mangaoang iti pangitrabaho na iti daytoy a proyekto ken iti KIMO ta napatgan daytoy a nabayag nga dawat mi. Marigatan kami idi ta ur-urayen mi tudo santo kami makatalon. Tattan mabalin kami maka talon mamindua ti maka tawen ta addan tuloy-tuloy nga padanum,” Santiago said assuring also that their association will establish systems and mechanisms on how to maintain and sustain the project.
Mangaoang said Irrigation facilities go hi-tech in Kalinga with the inauguration of this solar powered irrigation project .He intends to seek more funding for this kind of project considering its great benefits to farmers. Vast lands that could not be irrigated through the conventional irrigation system could now be productive with the introduction of this breakthrough.
Sabado informed that another solar-powered irrigation system with project cost of Php1.2 million is on-going construction at Nambaran in Tabuk City and is expected to be completed by year-end and to irrigate seven hectares located in the tail-end of the irrigable production area.
“With the success on solar technology in providing irrigation to farmers, the National Irrigation Administration is considering this new approach to spread it out to areas that are hardly served by conventional irrigation systems,” Sabado said. (JDP/PAB-PIA CAR, Kalinga)
By Peter A. Balocnit