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PIA Press Release
2009/02/05

River-powered pumps soon to irrigate Negros Oriental lands

by Rachelle M. Nessia

Dumaguete City (5 February) -- Following its success in irrigating remote mountainside villages in Negros Occidental, the ram pump irrigation unit is now being replicated by the provincial government here for installation in irrigable lands in Negros Oriental.

Governor Emilio C. Macias II has tasked the Provincial Integrated Skills and Training Center (PISTC) here to replicate the cost-efficient and sustainable ram pumps pioneered in Negros Occidental which does not use electricity, battery nor gasoline.

The river-powered ram pumps which are submerged underwater, harnesses the power of running water to vertically push water up to 20 meters high at practically no cost.

The deeper the pump is submerged, the higher it can bring water, said Capitol Information Officer Adrian Sedillo.

Earlier, the Governor has ordered the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) here to check on the province's existing irrigation systems. "According to NIA's report, P72 million is needed just to rehabilitate the existing irrigation systems in the province," said Sedillo.

This prompted the Governor to order the development of the said ram pumps here, of which 10 units will be produced for the first batch.

"We have already identified existing irrigable lands where the ram pumps will be installed. These lands are water-dependent but lack irrigation systems," said Sedillo.

The pumps will be launched in the province under the MACIAS program, or the Mini Attainable Communal Irrigation Agricultural System, which Sedillo said will strengthen the province's food security program. (PIA/rmn) [top]

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