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Banaoang irrigation project in full swing, benefits 60,000 farmers - NIA

By Ben Pacris

SAN ILDEFONSO, Ilocos Sur (22 July) -- Some 60,000 farmers and their families in the first district will be benefited through increase farm productivity and income when the Banaoang irrigation Pump project will be fully operational.

Engr. Santiago Gorospe, project Manager said that as part of President Arroyo’s thrust to create jobs-local residents were hired as construction workers for the irrigation project which will generate 6,000 hectares of farm lands and with the adoption of modern farm technologies.

The project manager said that the construction of the P1.9 billion irrigation project is now in full swing. The detailed and engineering design has been completed last year, Gorospe added even as he assured that the problem on the right of way for concerned residents has been resolved.

The Chinese government has allotted P1.3 billion and with P524 million as counterpart of the national government. The Department of Budget and management has approved a P200 million budget for the first year of implementation.

A total of P20 million was earmarked for the lot and construction of the Banaoang Irrigation Pump Project Office of the National irrigation Administration here, Engr. Gorospe said.

Chinese contractor were already hiring laborers in the province as the NIA officials have conducted barangay dialogue to popularize the project.

The project, which is part of the agriculture modernization program of Pres. Arroyo with the help of Gov. Luis “Chavit” Singson and Congressman Salacnib Baterina, will strengthen government support to farmers to increase farm productivity.

“We are now in full blast, as long as we have the funds needed, the project will be completed in 2007,” the NIA official said. (PIA-Ilocos) [top]

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