SAN JUAN, Ilocos Sur, May 4 (PIA) - The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) has completed the Barbar Small Reservoir Irrigation Project (Barbar SRIP) amidst the prevalence of COVID-19 pandemic situated in Barbar village here.
The Php631-million Barbar SRIP involves the construction of an earthfill dam across the Bical River with a height and length of 25.00 meters and 344.15 meters respectively, with a storage capacity of 0.861 million cubic meters.
Irrigation facilities of the project consists of a five kilometer main canal and a total of 16.28 kilometers lateral canals.
Access roads were constructed simultaneously with the lateral canals having the same length with the latter, providing mobility and accessibility for farmers and their farms inputs and products.
The Barbar SRIP with 846-hectare service area aims to provide sustainable development to the 1,156 farmers and their families of the 11 barangays of San Juan namely: Barbar, Camangaan, Nagsupotan, Nagsabaran, Muraya, Immayos Sur, Guimod Sur and Bacsil, and the barangays of Macatcatud, Caraisan and Barbarit in the neighboring town of Magsingal.
Furthermore, aside from increase in agricultural production through additional areas of around 319 hectares and yield increase up to 5.2 metric tons, it also helps in mitigating flood by impounding typhoon waters for use as irrigation.
Also, it strengthens watershed recharging the aquifer in the area that will re-establish the vegetation and helps enhance the biodiversity.
The project was implemented starting on January 1, 2010 and completed on November 30 last year.
It is hoped to contribute to the attainment of the government's program of food self-sufficiency.
The 846 hectares irrigable area of the project will provide at least 84,500 metric tons of paddy rice annually with 1.61 million pesos equivalence.
The program also increases yield factor with the rehabilitation of existing communal irrigation systems, having organized irrigators' associations and enriching the know-how of the farmers in modern and effective farming methodologies and sustainability of water for irrigation.
Finally, such a project that is exclusively used for irrigation will surely manifest impacts in the rural areas that will accelerate economic growth, create employment opportunities through the construction and operation phase, and promote efficient utilization of land and water resources.
Barbar SRIP is scheduled to hold its inauguration this Thursday, May 6 to be attended by the NIA top management officials, as well as the Ilocos Sur provincial and local government officials, and the project beneficiaries as represented by its irrigators' association officials.
NIA top management officials, headed by Administrator Ricardo Visaya, assure that the agency remains committed to its mandate of providing efficient, reliable, and sustainable irrigation service to the Filipino farmers. (JCR/AMB/PIA Ilocos Sur with reports from NIA)