The National Irrigation Administration (NIA), under the leadership of Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, inaugurated the P133.85-million Sta. Barbara River Irrigation system (Sta. Barbara RIS), one unit of 84-square meter Irrigators Association (IA) Building, and four units of 200-square meter combined IA offices and warehouses, on December 03, 2018 at Benigno Aquino Avenue Diversion Road, Madurriao, Iloilo City.
The irrigation system under the National Irrigation Sector Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (NISRIP) is funded through a grant from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) amounting to P113,850,153.90. The project is expected to provide timely and reliable irrigation service to 2,289 hectares of agricultural land in the Municipalities of Leganes, Pavia, Sta. Barbara, and Iloilo City, benefitting 1,266 farmers and their families. The project is set to improve the cropping intensity of farmers from 162 to 200 percent, thus increasing the farmers’ yield from 99 to 110 cavans per hectare for wet season and 80 to 100 cavans per hectare for dry season.
In his message, JICA Philippines Senior Representative Yo Ebisawa said that the project will pave way for higher rice productivity and income of the Filipino farmers.