NIA, ALABAT LGU FORGE STRONGER PARTNERSHIP IN IRRIGATION
Alabat, Quezon – National Irrigation Administration Region IV-A led by Regional Manager Romeo Lopez and Alabat Local Government Unit headed by Mayor Fernando Mesa turnover the Alabat Pump Irrigation Project and Family Model Farm to Alabat High Value Crop Irrigators Association, Inc.
The project, located in Brgy. Gordon in said municipality, is composed of 800sqm. Greenhouse and 1000sqm Open Field. It is set to benefit a total of 53 farmer-beneficiaries.
In his speech, RM Romeo Lopez highlighted the importance of inter-agency coordination to achieve modern initiative that will alleviate the farmers’ quality of life.
“Isa ang proyektong ito na nagpapatunay na kung mayroong magandang relationship between our LGUs and National Government ay talagang masusuportahan natin ang ating mga kasamahang magsasaka tungo sa isang maayos at epektibong pagpapatubig”, he said.
He further shares that the project is part of the Agency’s modernization effort of irrigation system and facilities. He pointed out that this technology is a fruit of the Agency’s involvement in International Conferences on best irrigation practices.
“Sa bansang India namin nakuha yung idea ng Family Model Farm in particular sa Haryana which is one of the states in India and consider as its food basket. Mayroon po silang tinatawag doon na Haryana Irrigation Research and Management Institute”, he added.
The project has a total contract amount of PHP 6-million which started last July 9, 2019 and completed on January 14, 2020. Its construction consists of two (2) packages, the package 1 involves farm preparation, greenhouse structure and drip irrigation system and farm structures while the package 2 caters construction of Solar Pump Works and Accessories.
Alabat Mayor Fernando Mesa expresses his gratitude to the NIA Management led by NIA Administrator Ricardo Visaya, who continually support the municipality in its drive towards agricultural development. He further shares the future plans of the LGU in maximizing the potential of the Family Model Farm.
Mayor Mesa also shares the importance of the project to encourage the next generation in the field of Agriculture. He added that the LGU is tapping the Public High School and State Universities to experience and learn from the Family Model Farm.
“Isa po sa pina-plano namin ay yung pagkakaroon ng Barangay Nursery kung saan bawat Barangay ay tatayuan namin ng greenhouse at matututo silang patakbuhin ito sa pamamagitan nitong Family Model Farm na ito., he said.
The Alabat PIP and Family Model Farm is the 1st model farm constructed by NIA in CALABARZON region.
Also present during the event were NIA QIMO Division Manager Gerardo Perez, Alabat LGU Officials, Quezon 4th District official, and Quezon Provincial Government Official.