Iguig, Cagayan- One hundred twenty (120) hectares of rain-fed farms are expected to become more productive as the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently turns over an P8-million worth of communal irrigation system (CIS) to the Garab Irrigation Association’s (IA) in Iguig, Cagayan.
DAR 2 Regional Director Atty. Marjorie P. Ayson said the project through the DAR’s Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Project III (ARISP III) will benefit 186 agrarian reform beneficiaries in the area who before were only using improvised irrigation canals dredged by a backhoe and outlined by huge rocks.
She added that the project underwent construction of concrete hallow blocks (CHB) canal lining and canal structures to ensure stable water supply for farming activities.
The GARAB IA in tandem with National Irrigation Administration and the local government unit of Iguig will manage the communal irrigation system to help the agrarian reform communities irrigate about 90 to 120 hectares of farmlands and thereby improve the farmer beneficiaries' yield.
The ARISP is the first Japanese Official Development Aid (ODA) loan assistance that supported the implementation of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program. Under this project, numerous infrastructures projects such farm-to-market roads, post-harvest facilities and irrigation systems were established in the countryside benefiting the agrarian reform beneficiaries.