Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 11:59

President Rodrigo Duterte’s promise of free irrigation service for farmers started this year.

This developed as P2 billion was provided in the budget of NIA in the General Appropriations Act of 2017 or RA 10924 as subsidy in lieu of the irrigation service fees (ISF) being collected from farmers being served by national irrigation systems (NIS).

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Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 11:44

Two decades ago, camote was the food staple of the residents of Brgy. Tukucan in Tinoc, Ifugao. It was the most practicable crop to plant due to the topography and soil type in the area. There was no road then, so there was no market for their camote products. It was only for the village’s consumption. According to Barangay Captain Joseph Calabson, rice was only served during special occasions and rituals.

Today, Brgy. Tukucan is a location of a booming vegetable industry, of picturesque gardens carved on hillsides and of artistic contours of carrot beds. Farmers plant high value crops thrice or even four times a year, depending on the crops planted... read more

Monday, July 3, 2017 - 15:53

Quezon City—The Taloy Sur Irrigators’ Association (IA) of Tuba, Benguet was awarded  Most Outstanding IA-First Runner-up for the Year 2016 (national level) under the communal irrigation system (CIS) category for achieving exemplary performance in managing the operation and maintenance of its irrigation system. 

Gen. Ricardo R. Visaya (Ret.), Administrator of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA), awarded the plaque of recognition and cash award of P70,000.00 to the IA on... read more

Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 12:03

Irrigators’ association members of Timoy CIS in Puguis, La Trinidad, Benguet are happy with the support of Gen. Ricardo Visaya (Ret.),  NIA’s top official, during his visit to their irrigation system and vegetable farms on June 16.

La Trinidad, Benguet—Gen.  Ricardo Visaya (Ret.), the top official of the National Irrigation Administration, seemed to be in long-term friendship with Remegio Capdos, president of the Kebeng Bagan Irrigators Association Inc., when they met for the first time at the Timoy Communal Irrigation System (CIS) on June 16.

The open and direct conversation style of the administrator facilitated the easy dialogue with the... read more

Monday, July 10, 2017 - 17:09

Mr. Jaime Muyao together with his neighbors in Brgy. San Quintin, Rizal, Kalinga used to observe the sky for signs of rain which usually motions the start of a farming season. If lucky, he would be able to plant his 2.7 hectares of rice farm. Even then, if rain is not sustained during the vegetative growth of rice, he would harvest only the minimum cavans of palay, or worse during drought, nothing.

In the same municipality, Mrs. Dorothy Antonio of Brgy. Bulo had to keep a night watch at a creek so she could have a chance to direct water to her farm through a surface water pump because there were lesser farmers competing for water when nightfall came.... read more