A total of 1,178 hectares of land in Barangays Allig, Balluyan, Mallig and Sta. Maria in the Province of Apayao will soon be irrigated by the Marimay Small Irrigation Project (SRIP), one of the National Irrigation Administration – Cordillera Administrative Region’s (NIA-CAR) biggest projects.
With Allig River as the water source, the project has a total estimated cost of P624.7 million from the General Appropriations Act (GAA) Fund.
Having 326 farmer beneficiaries, the Marimay SRIP will increase agricultural production through the construction of irrigation and drainage infrastructures which will provide water supply to Flora, Apayao.
The project’s main feature is a zoned earthfill dam which has a height of 30 meters, length of 210 meters and crest width of nine meters. The reservoir storage capacity has 16.69 million cubic meters (MCM) with an active capacity of 15.45 MCM. Watershed Area is equal to 39.44 square kilometers.
The project implementation began as a result of a feasibility study made in 2000 by after the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) and NIA Consult Inc. (NIAC). Its implementation was finally funded in 2010.
Development of agricultural activities will take place in many aspects which will include changes in cropping intensity, farm input utilization, crop management practices, agricultural support services and other related services to ensure efficient and maximum benefits to farmers.//Jean Ananayo
Photo 1 Caption: Engr. Leonardo A. Lamangen, Acting Division Manager ofApayao IMO (second form left), and Engr. Godofredo B.Velaque (fourth from left) conduct site visit to Marimay SRIP with project in-charge Engr. Jayson Doctolero. Photo by Mylene Malecdan
Photo 1 Caption: Ongoing construction of the spillway of the Marimay Small Reservior Irrigation Project in Apayao which will soon irrigate 1,178 hectares. Photo by Mylene Malecdan