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Solar-powered water pumps bring relief to 342 Ecija, Bulacan farmers

Sep 20, 2022 @ 10:11
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Some 342 Nueva Ecija and Bulacan farmers are expected to benefit from three solar-powered water pump projects of the National Irrigation Administration – Upper Pampanga River Integrated Irrigation Systems (NIA-UPRIIS).

The projects were installed as part of the agency’s effort to modernize the irrigation system, according to a Philippine News Agency report.

They are located in Gapan City in Nueva Ecija province, as well as in the towns of San Miguel and San Ildefonso in Bulacan province.

“The installation of solar-powered pumps is part of the agency’s thrust to foster proficiency and resiliency for proficient irrigation service through innovations and modernization,” NIA-UPRIIS department manager Rosalinda Bote said in a social media post on Friday.

The use of innovative solar pumps helps reduce the cost of inputs for farmers as it implores cost-effective alternative power sources, Bote said.

The Gapan City solar-powered water pump project, which will irrigate 159 hectares of farmland, will benefit 98 members of the Marelo Farmers Irrigators Association (IA).

In San Miguel in Bulacan, the solar-powered water pump that will cover 256 hectares will help 156 farmers.

In San Ildefonso town, the solar-powered water pump will cover 208 hectares tilled by the Sta. Catalina Bata Matanda IA benefitting 88 farmers.

The projects are seen to assure year-round irrigation to upland areas that used to be supplied through costly diesel-fueled water pumps.

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