DAR Turns Over P21-M Irrigation Project In Davao Del Sur

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dar web news 2 pix 1 nov. 20 2013 400The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently turned-over a P21-million worth of rehabilitated communal irrigation system to the municipality of Magsaysay in Davao del Sur to boost the palay production in barangays San Isidro and Tacul.

The infrastructure project, implemented under the Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Project (ARISP), is seen to service 250 hectares of agricultural lands in the said villages.

ARISP National Project Manager Cristy Dagdag said the irrigation project would greatly contribute to the town’s goal of attaining self sufficiency in rice.

“With adequate irrigation, the palay production would increase from 80 to 100 cavans per hectare,” Dagdag added.
dar web news 2 pix 2 nov. 20 2013 300Darwin Nasilla, vice-chairman of the San Isidro-Tacul Irrigator’s Association, said the rehabilitation of the irrigation is a great help not just to their group but also to the province.

“We hope to contribute in bolstering the status of the municipality of Magsaysay as the province’s rice granary, as well as, to promote our distinct product called ‘San Isidro Rice,’” Nasilla said.

DAR Assistant Regional Director Vince Mandap advised the farmers to strengthen their organization through cooperation and dedication to achieve their goal.

He also urged them to keep the irrigation system in good condition because their farms greatly depend on it.