The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) recently conducted a joint site validation and briefing for the construction of a Solar Powered Irrigation System (SPIS) to determine the elevation of the site and the number of agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) that will benefit the proposed 2023 irrigation projects in Cavite.
The validation and briefing was conducted by the DAR and NIA to the representatives of Cavite agrarian reform beneficiary organizations (ARBOs), which include the Batas-Dao Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Association, Inc. in Batas-Dao, General Aguinaldo and Calumpang Cerca Farmers Association, Inc. in Calumpang Cerca, Indang.
Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II James Arthur T. Dubongco said the proposed SPIS, worth P8 million, will benefit residents, who are mostly ARBs in the area and are expected to boost their agricultural yield and income.
“Twelve to fifteen hectares of the proposed site can be irrigated by the SPIS, which is currently the most appropriate modern farming technique needed in the area,” he said.
Dubongco expressed his hope that through the SPIS, the ARBs will be inspired to make the lands awarded by the DAR become more productive.
He said the SPIS project is part of a whole-of-government approach as a continuing effort of the DAR to help and support the ARBs to increase their yield and income and uplift the lives of ARBO members.