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NIA to rehab Mal River irrigation system in Digos City

National Irrigation Office Regional Office 11 will inaugurate the Mal River Irrigation Project under the National Irrigation Sector Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (NISRIP) on Sept. 21, 2018 at Digos City, Davao del Sur.

NISRIP is a sector project funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). It has 11 projects located nationwide.

The rehabilitation of the Mal River Irrigation System (Mal RIS) amounting to P104.294 million includes the construction of six units of Irrigators’ Association (IA) Offices (84 square meters each), three units of combined IA offices and warehouse (200 square meters each), 16.1 kilometers of concrete canal lining, construction and repair of 20 structures, five new steel gates, and 15.7 kilometers of grading and gravelling, among others.

The project is expected to provide timely and reliable irrigation service to 3,146 hectares of agricultural land in the municipalities of Matanao and Hagonoy in Davao del Sur, benefitting 3,783 farmers and their families. Mal RIS is located in Kiblawan, Davao Del Sur.

The National Irrigation Administration said it will continue its mandate of providing reliable and sustainable irrigation services to the country’s farmers through the construction of irrigation projects and rehabilitation of existing irrigation systems.

The agency has also embarked on the development of hydroelectric power projects and is also aiming to venture into agri-tourism through the development of existing big dams as tourist destination.

NIA said it is now ascertaining its vital contribution to the inclusive socio-economic growth and agricultural development of the country through an efficient, sustainable, and reliable irrigation service to the Filipino farmers, thus lowering the poverty incidence in the irrigated agricultural sector.

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