THE NATIONAL Irrigation Administration (NIA) has turned over a P9.18-million solar-powered pump irrigation project to farmers in Talugtug, Nueva Ecija, which covers 50 hectares of agricultural land.
The project sources water from the Pantabangan Dam and has been operational since the previous cropping season.
The irrigation facility has high density polyethylene pipes, a 45-kilowatt hybrid system, and 96 solar panels with 38,400 watts of system capacity.
“We remain committed to its mandate of providing efficient, reliable, and sustainable irrigation service to the Filipino farmers while making a strategic contribution to the development of the country’s agricultural sector,” NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya said in a statement. — Luisa Maria Jacinta C. Jocson