Wednesday, September 17, 2014
ROXAS, Isabela - Despite the water supply challenge during the start of this cropping season, farmers in the NIA-Magat River Integrated Irrigation System (MARIIS) are now reaping their golden harvest.
Administrator Florencio F. Padernal, together with MARIIS Operations Manager Mariano G. Dancel and Isabela Governor Faustino “Bojie” G. Dy, led the ceremonial harvest on a rice farm under the North East Siffu Council of Irrigators Association here on September 12, 2014.
About 117,000 metric tons of palay have been harvested from 23,000 hectares of rice lands in the System. Engr. Dancel proudly shared that MARIIS is the first to harvest palay for this cropping season.
“Water supply was low from April to May but we pushed for early water delivery and now farmers are getting higher prices for their produce,” he said.
He said that in 2012, MARIIS farmers reported an average income of P36,000 per hectare but for this year the reported average income has increased to P67,000.
Administrator Florencio F. Padernal congratulated the MARIIS farmers for a very good harvest. “But we have to look forward to the next harvest which should be better,” he challenged.
He said the National Irrigation Administration will always support the MARIIS farmers and provide them with efficient irrigation service. “In turn, this would result to improved income for the irrigators groups and farmers,” the Administrator said.