NIA Administrator Leads Harvest Festival in MARIIS, Hails Increase in Farmers Income

September 16, 2014, 1:15 PM

Roxas, Isabela - Despite the water supply challenge during the start of this cropping season, farmers in the NIA-Magat River Integrated Irrigation System (MARIIS) are now reaping their golden harvest.

The Administrator strikes a pose at one of the display booths at the side of the Roxas Astrodome during the Rice Harvest Festival on September 12, 2014. (left to right) MARIIS-Division III Manager William B. Oppuer, NIA-Public Affairs and Information Staff Manager Pilipina P. Bermudez, MARIIS Administrative and Finance Manager Editha Valledor Daguio Morales, Roxas Mayor Benedict C. Calderon, and MARIIS Operations Manager Mariano G. Dancel.

Administrator Florencio F. Padernal, together with MARIIS Operations Manager Mariano G. Dancel and Isabela Governor Faustino "Bojie" G. Dy, led the ceremonial harvest on a rice farm under the North East Siffu Council of Irrigators Association here on September 12, 2014.

About 117,000 metric tons of palay have been harvested from 23,000 hectares of rice lands in the System. Engr. Dancel proudly shared that MARIIS is the first to harvest palay for this cropping season.

Administrator Florencio F. Padernal, MARIIS Operations Manager Mariano G. Dancel, and Isabela Governor Faustino "Bojie" G. Dy III ride a combined harvester-thresher, leading the rice harvest festival in Roxas, Isabela on September 12, 2014.

"Water supply was low from April to May but we pushed for early water delivery and now farmers are getting higher prices for their produce," he said.

He said that in 2012, MARIIS farmers reported an average income of P36,000 per hectare but for this year the reported average income has increased to P67,000.

Administrator Florencio F. Padernal congratulated the MARIIS farmers for a very good harvest. "But we have to look forward to the next harvest which would be better," he challenged.

He said the National Irrigation Administration will always support the MARIIS farmers and provide them with efficient irrigation service. "In turn, this would result to improved income for the irrigators groups and farmers," the Administrator said.

The Administrator receives a Certificate of Appreciation from the Presidents of the Federations of Irrigators Associations in MARIIS (from left to right) Raymundo F. Prieto (FIAD II), Antonio A. Cruz (FIAD I representative), Nemesio F. Yadao (FIAD IV, CIAM), and Alejandrino S. Pascua (FIAD III).

Administrator Florencio F. Padernal interacts with farmers displaying their produce at the "bagsakan" set up at the side of the Roxas Astodome, shortly after he led the ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the place.

At a rice farm under the North East Siffu Council of Irrigators Association the Administrator with the PAIS manager, MARIIS personnel, and local chief executives headed by Isabela Governor Faustino "Bojie" G. Dy III.

The Administrator with Isabela Governor Dy.