By Ellalyn de Vera-Ruiz
The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) and 62 irrigator associations (IAs) in Bicol Region have signed an agreement for the effective management of irrigation systems in the region.
A simultaneous signing of the Modified Irrigation Management Transfer was the highlight of the 2nd Irrigators Associations (IAs) Congress in the province earlier this week.
NIA Administrator Ricardo Visaya led the ceremony, which was participated in by some 200 IA leaders from the six provinces of the region.
Visaya reiterated that NIA will continue to construct more irrigation projects in the coming years to improve the farmers’ quality of life.
“Even though we do not have irrigation service fee (ISF) anymore, NIA will continue in guiding and helping our farmers to further improve their knowledge in managing irrigation systems,” he added.
Under the agreement, the irrigators are responsible for the clearing of lateral canals, and operation and maintenance of secondary irrigation structures and facilities in their respective areas of coverage.
NIA will pay the IAs P1,750.00 for the clearing of every 7 kilometers of lined or concrete canal and the same amount for every 3.5 kilometers of unlined or earth canal for a period of six months in a year.
In addition, NIA will pay the IAs the amount of P150 per hectare of irrigated and planted area every cropping season.
During the event the IA leaders were informed about the salient features of Free Irrigation Service Fee (ISF) program, which took effect during the first cropping season of 2017. With this program in place, NIA ceased collecting ISF from its farmer-beneficiaries.
Visaya also visited the Hinagyanan Dam in Calabanga, Camarines Sur to inspect the ongoing works on the replacement of the dam’s steel gates.
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