P72.6-M SWIP in Mallig to benefit around 180 farmers
CITY OF ILAGAN, Isabela, Sept. 20 (PIA) – At least 177 rice farmers from Mallig town will soon benefit from the Department of Agriculture (DA) – 2’s Small Water Impounding Project (SWIP).
The DA-2 has allotted six SWIP in the said town with a total of P72.6 million that will soon irrigate a total of 256 hectares of rice land in Mallig town.
DA-2 Regional Executive Director Narciso Edillo urged the farmer-beneficiaries and the town officials to take care of the projects in order to sustain its operations.
“Thee SWIP will irrigate additional rice land in the town aside from the existing irrigated farm lands now,” Edillo said.
Mallig Mayor Jonathan Calderon has expressed his thanks to DA-2 for providing the projects especially in areas that are not reached by irrigation services.
Calderon said the said projects will surely add agricultural produce in the town and increase the income of the farmers.
Meanwhile, Trinidad 2 Small Water Irrigation System Association (SWISA) President Francisco Ventura said the allotted project in the town will benefit his fellow farmers who are dependent on rainfed farming.
“We thank the DA for choosing the town in putting up the 6 SWIP that will soon be used in raising the income of my fellow farmers,” Ventura said. (BME/MGE/PIA 2-Isabela)