NIA inaugurates P900M irrigation system in Iloilo
The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) has inaugurated the P993.3-million Barotac Viejo Small Reservoir Irrigation Project (Barotac Viejo SRIP) in Iloilo.
Barotac Viejo SRIP, whose water sources come from Barotac Viejo River, includes the construction of zoned earthfill dam and its appurtenant structures, which is expected to provide timely and reliable irrigation service to 2,050 hectares of agricultural lands in the villages of California, La Fortuna, Natividad, Sto. Domingo, Bugnay, San Miguel, San Antonio, San Geronimo, San Lucas, Vista Alegre.
Other areas that will benefit from the project include Dela Peña in the Municipality of Barotac Viejo and Merced, Carmelo, Talokgangan, Bariga Magdalo, and Libertad in the Municipality of Banate.
The project includes the generation of 265 hectares of newly-irrigable areas, 459 hectares of rehabilitated areas, and 1,326 hectares of restored areas, benefiting 1,171 farmers and their families.
It is also expected to provide other incidental benefits such as flood control, watershed management, fish culture, and agro-tourism.