CABANATUAN CITY—The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) announced on Monday that the completion of the new dam worth P878 million in Nueva Ecija province will definitely increase rice production as it will irrigate 700.87 hectares of farmlands in two towns.
Rosalinda Bote, manager of the Upper Pampanga River Integrated Irrigation Systems, said that the Upper Tabuating Small Reservoir Irrigation Project would improve rice production in the province and at least 223 farming families in the towns of General Tinio and Peñaranda would benefit from the project during the initial activation of the irrigation facility for the dry season that began last December when the dam was completed.
Bote said based on NIA records the irrigated farms yielded 91,182 cavans of rice during the harvest period from December last year to May this year with each cavan containing 50 kilos of rice. The harvest was equivalent to a daily average of 130.10 cavans of SL8 and Longping hybrid rice varieties.
Parts of the dam were turned over in October last year to three associations handling the irrigation system, which were tasked to protect and maintain the canals and coordinate with farmers served by the project. The dam was formally inaugurated on Tuesday, May 25.