DA to convert 20,000 hectares of idle lands for rice production in Kalinga

CITY OF TABUK, Kalinga, Sept. 5 (PIA) -- Kalinga contributes 1.3 percent to the rice requirement of the country and this is seen to increase with the “Masaganang Ani sa Nayon” Project (Project MANA).


The Department of Agriculture’s (DA) Project MANA intends to convert 20,000 hectares of rainfed and idle lands for rice production in the province this year.

Joe Casibang, Kalinga Rice Program Coordinator, said that the Project MANA sites are located in the province’s rice production towns of Pinukpuk, Tanudan, Rizal, and this City.

Project MANA involves two phases - first is the identification and opening of potential ricelands that include rainfed and idle lands, and second is the provision of needed farming interventions through small irrigation systems.

For the farming interventions, DA is distributing free 150 units of mechanized water-pump and accessories. It will also construct small water impounding projects in Rizal municipality and this city.

Casibang explained that the project is under DA’s effort to increase rice sufficiency level in the country by opening new areas for rice production.

Based on present DA data, the country needs to fill in additional five to ten percent of its rice sufficiency requirement. (JDP/ Larry T. Lopez-PIA CAR, Kalinga)


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