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NIA-MRIIS to release water from dam weekly

Cauayan City, Isbaela (February 10) -- With the extreme effect of El Niņo in the country affecting thousand hectares of rice and corn lands, the National Irrigation Administration-Magat River Integrated Irrigation System (NIA-MRIIS) will strictly impose water management releases to save vulnerable rice crops for total damage.

NIA-MRIIS Operations Manager Mariano Dancel said that NIA will release the water from the dam on a weekly scheme to irrigate the rice fields and to save the more than thousand hectares of rice that are already on flowering stage.

He said that before there were continuing flow to irrigation canals from the dam but due to absence of rainfall in the past months, the Magat Dam reservoir is now on its critical level threatening the areas being irrigated by the said dam.

He said this measure will try to save rice plants from the dry spell consequence due to the El Niņo effect.

During the last quarter of 2009, the northern Luzon area has already felt the onslaught El Nino and PAGASA predicted that the weather abnormality will last till July this year.

In a report of the Provincial Agriculture Office last week, corn crops were hardest hit by El Nino with a registered total damage of more than P400 million in Isabela alone.

The province's corn farmers experienced great losses and the corn needs of feed millers in the country might experience shortage of corn supply from local market due to the damaged corn crops in Isabela. (PIA Isabela) [top]

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