Lamut, Ifugao – Farmers of Hapid Irrigation System (Hapid IS) were enlightened on water management and basic hydrology with basic demonstration on getting water volume through a program lead by the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Cordillera on March 1-2, 2018.
Headed by Engr. Fremer William, Hydrologist of NIA-CAR, the IA members of Hapid IS were oriented on basic water management for farming and cropping. William discussed the basics on how and why water use must be managed and achieved which followed by actual demonstration on determining water measurements.
The orientation on hydrology aimed on basic knowledge of farmers on water discharges within their IA responsibility and it marked the ability to calculate prospective irrigable areas depending on the water discharges.
The activity also gave the farmers help in the improvement of their own cropping calendar and patterns of planting including the reduction of farm losses with advance information on the status of irrigation water within their area and also reduce irrigation related conflicts.
As part of the training and orientation, the participants together with NIA Lamut employees, as a group was directed to Lawig IS in Lamut, Ifugao for actual demonstration on water volume measurement and continuation of the discussion.
Upon arrival, illicit acts on water control was caught. According to William, the absence of control gates lead to illegal acts on water distribution and irrigation. He said that if these are present on each turn-out, together with proper water rotation distribution, water would not be wasted as according to one member, water spills usually occur specially during wet season.
“It is the responsibility of NIA to equip and provide the IAs on irrigation needs while the farmers are responsible for its maintenance”, added William.
As William concludes the training, he mentioned a quote on accepting failures for success. He inspired the farmers by telling them that in order to succeed, one must accept failures. And this would soon result to more members as part of the association.
The Hapid IS, one of the three national irrigation systems of CAR, has a total of 2,483 hectares firmed up service area. From its construction in the 1990s, there are now 11 irrigators associations with 1,794 farmer-members.
Photo Caption: Engr. Fremer William of NIA-CAR demonstrates how to measure and calculate water volume and daily water discharge to irrigators as part of the training on basic hydrology and water management held on March 1-2, 2018.