NIA disclosed the P260-million fund is intended for several communal irrigation systems (CIS) from the towns of Anini-y to Libertad, covering about 3,700 hectares of farmlands involving at least 7,000 small farmers.
“When repair/rehabilitation work is completed, we expect an increase in cropping intensity from 140 percent in a year to 200 percent,” the source said.
In addition, Alipis disclosed that this project is a big boost to the food security program of government particularly because Antique has been a surplus province in terms of rice production.
On the other hand, NIA Regional Manager Gerardo P. Corsiga and Administrator Antonio S. Nangel have committed to farmers during their visit to Antique sometime in March to speed up the repair/rehabilitation of NIA projects in Antique.
With this, Alipis appealed to farmers/irrigators associations to participate in the implementation of projects in their areas and watch closely the quality of the work, to ensure that structures confirm with the standard set.
The local government officials are also encouraged to designate point persons in the monitoring team, Alipis said.