Davao's irrigation systems stable

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

THE regional office of the National Irrigation Authority (NIA) in Davao assured on Thursday that sources of water for its irrigation system have remained stable and farmers in the region have no reason to panic.

Ramon A. Bugacia, NIA-Davao division manager for engineering operations, said in an interview with Sun.Star that based on their weekly monitoring, the water levels of NIA's eight irrigation systems can still supply the needs of the farmers, particularly rice farmers.

The irrigation systems in Davao Region that are operated by NIA are: the Batutu River Irrigation System (RIS) in Compostela Valley; Lasang RIS, Libuganon RIS, Kipaliku RIS, and Saug-Libuganon Left RIS in Davao del Nortel; Lupon IS (sourced from Sumlog River) in Davao Oriental; and the Padada RIS and Mal RIS in Davao del Sur. The RISs in the region irrigates 35,406 hectares of rice field and other crops. Also 23,741 are irrigated by communal irrigation systems.


Bugacia pointed out that the recent rains experienced by the region helped kept the water levels above critical levels.

"We are doing weekly monitoring to know the situations and so that we will be able to inform farmers ahead of time," he said.

Bugacia said they have lined up mitigation and responses if ever the El Niño pushes through this year.

Some of the measures they will be implementing include rotational method irrigation if water levels become low; advising farmers, especially those in distant areas, to plant dry weather resistant crops; and the utilization of shallow tube wells to bring up water.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 30, 2014.


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