Cagayan farmers receive solar-powered irrigation from DAR
The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR)-Region 2 recently turned-over a solar-powered irrigation system to San Esteban agrarian reform community (ARC) in this town to increase the local farmers’ productivity.
DAR Undersecretary for Support Services Rosalina Bistoyong said that they were able to identify Barangay San Esteban, based on their studies one of the aridest places in Cagayan, with some areas too dry or too barren to support vegetation.
“We are providing our farmers with this solar-powered irrigation because we know that this will greatly increase their production,” Bistoyong said.
The solar-powered irrigation is a complete system which provides fresh water from a well and reservoir for use in livestock, domestic use, and industrial agriculture.
Bistoyong also indicated that the irrigation system is implemented under the DAR’s Climate Resilient Farm Productivity Support Project (CRFPSP) in partnership with the Department of Agriculture Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM).
This project includes community orientation, planning, and training on the operation of project facility and installation of solar pump equipment.
Bistoyong assured farmers that the agency will adopt appropriate measures and implement more projects that will help mitigate the negative effects of climate change.
Mayor Criselda T. Antonio thanked DAR and the other agencies involved in making the project come to fruition, saying the project is very timely after supertyphoon Lawin devastated the province in 2016.
“We thank the national government for recognizing the effects of climate change. Rest assured that we will take appropriate care of the new blessing that has been given to our municipality,” Antonio added.