NIA installs P3.557-million solar-powered irrigation project in Palawan

Saturday, July 4, 2020 - 20:56

 

NIA MIMAROPA – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) has started the installation of the P3.557-million Isumbo Pump Irrigation Project (Isumbo PIP), the first solar-powered irrigation pump in Barangay Isumbo, Sofronio Española, Palawan. The project implementation commenced on May 29, 2020 after being awarded to the Contractor, Reinastar Trading and Construction Supply.

Isumbo PIP covers the installation of a solar-powered pump, pump house, control panel, accessories, and 0.399 kilometers of canal lining to be completed in 120 calendar days. With 3728.5 watts or five horsepower (hp) submersible pump motor capable to produce 100 gallons of water per minute (gpm), the project is expected to sufficiently irrigate 10 hectares of agricultural lands in the barangay, benefitting 13 farmers and their families.

The completion of the project can help diversify agricultural production. It was designed as an energy-efficient project that has the ability to pump up water from the source to an elevated storage tank and releases by gravity directly to irrigated areas.

Calambiringan Irrigators Association (IA) President Jeanie G. Denzon said that farming will be difficult without irrigation, especially during dry season in Sitio Calabano.

“The excess water coming from water well was maximized using expensive fueled water pump just to continue farming practices. The Isumbo PIP will give free irrigation for 13 farmer-beneficiaries for aquaculture operation and rice farming in said remote area,” Denzon said.

NIA Top Management Officials, headed by Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, assure that remote areas are prioritized for irrigation projects in times of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic.

Installation of Isumbo Pump Irrigation Project, the first solar-powered irrigation pump in Barangay Isumbo, Sofronio Española, Palawan by NIA Palawan Irrigation Management Office

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EDEN VICTORIA C. SELVA

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