Cebu City – Rice farmers in the municipality of Guindulman, Bohol can now look forward to a steady water supply for their farmlands with the completion of a diversion dam project.
The Department of Agriculture in Central Visayas (DA-7) turned over a P4-million diversion dam to the Awihaw Lombog Farmers Irrigators Association, Assistant Secretary Jonji Gonzales of the Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas said on Laging Handa Network Briefing News.
The association now has a reliable water supply for their farms after the completion of the project.
The diversion dam is expected to distribute water supply to around 20 hectares of rice land in Awihaw, Barangay Lombog in Guindulman.
The newly turned over project is seen to boost the rice production in the said municipality.
Most farmers in the locality have been dependent on rainwater to irrigate their farms.
The establishment of this irrigation system would help rice farmers increase their income and maximize yield.
The Awihaw diversion dam is just one of the six ongoing agricultural infrastructure projects of DA Secretary William Dar in Guindulman, Bohol amounting to a total of more than P71 million.
These projects include another construction of diversion dam in different sites, two units of small water impounding project, solar powered irrigation system and farm-to-market road.
Bohol is the top rice producing province in Central Visayas.
Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Secretary Michael Lloyd Dino said investing into farm infrastructure like irrigation system helps idle lands become more productive, which benefits the farmers.
“Rural productivity is one of the key goals in the government’s thrust to boost the agriculture industry. These much-needed farm infrastructure facilities help our farmers increase their output and income,” Secretary Dino said.
He said this latest infrastructure assistance supports the Plant, Plant, Plant program of Agriculture Secretary William Dar that aims to ensure food security and help farmers increase their production.
The DA has focused to build more agriculture infrastructures to help the farm sector to improve rural productivity and increase the income of local farmers through agency’s agri-industrialization strategy.