Bacolod City – Over P20 million worth of irrigation projects and farm machinery and equipment were turned over to farmer associations in Brgy. Minapasuk, Municipality of Calatrava, recently.
The SPUR 2 Magtuod Irrigation Project costs P19.9 million, while the rice mill shed, multi-purpose drying pavement, walk-behind rice transplanter, mechanical reaper, and floating tiller costs P1.7 million.
The project beneficiaries are the SPUR 2 Irrigators Association of Minapasuk, Calatrava and Pakigdaet sa Kalambo-an of Bug-ang, Toboso.
The project was implemented through the Negros Occ. Office of the Provincial Agriculturist.
The Himoga-an River is the water source for the irrigation project, with a potential service area of 200 hectares.
First District Board Member Araceli Somosa said that programs on Food Security and Agricultural Productivity is a priority of the Provincial Government, especially that it is for the benefit of the farmers.
Gov. Lacson advised the members of the irrigators association to manage and use the project efficiently and have a good water management system.
He also pledged for more development projects in the town that will benefit more communities.
Also present in the turnover ceremony were 303rd Infantry Brigade commander, General Inocencio Pasaporte, Toboso former mayor and now councilor, Richard Jaojoco, representatives from the National Irrigation Administration (NIA), OPA staff, and other local officials.(news/photo by nopio)