Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Rehabilitation of facilities forms part of P330-B economic resiliency program.
The government will spend P10B for national irrigation works to repair and restore irrigation facilities for 148,000 hectares of farmlands in Mindanao and the North Luzon Agribusiness Quadrangle (NLAQ).
Apart from the repair and rehabilitation of irrigation facilities for farmlands, the government will also spend P600 million for flatbed dryers and agriculture tramline systems in food-producing areas across the country this year, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said in a statement.
“The rehabilitation of irrigation facilities this year will cover 48,000 hectares of land, while the restoration phase of the project will service an additional 100,000 hectares,” Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap said in the statement
The rehabilitation work involves minor repairs of canals and support for irrigation areas, while the restoration part entails the repair of canal structures, diversion works and excavations to bring water back to “non functional irrigated areas.”
In Mindanao, Yap said rehabilitation work would cover 15,993 hectares of irrigation facilities and the restoration of 31,781 hectares.
In NLAQ where Yap is the government’s steward, the rehabilitation work will cover 17,865 hectares and 42,971 hectares for restoration work.
For the Metro Luzon Urban Beltway, excluding the National Capital Region, the target is to rehabilitate 8,634 hectares of irrigation facilities and restore another 10,846 hectares.
There are 5,508 hectares up for rehabilitation and 14,405 hectares for restoration in Central Philippines, according to the statement.
Yap said the government would also undertake water impounding works and other related projects that are locally funded.
He said the rehabilitation and repair of irrigation facilities and the provision of postharvest facilities are part of the government’s P330-billion “economic resiliency program” or the Comprehensive Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program.
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