June 3, 2022 – NIA IV-A Regional Manager Engr. Wilson M. Lopez led the turnover ceremony and ribbon cutting of SANTAMASI IA Model Farm in Santa Maria, Laguna.
The SANTAMASI IA Model Farm is the pilot greenhouse project in the Province of Laguna aiming to provide additional crop production (high value crops) aside from their original rice farming practices.
Said model farm features 200sqm. Greenhouse facility, 400 sqm. Open field demo farm, drip irrigation system and HDPE pipes. The said facility aims to house various high value crops that will impact the lives of 658 farmer-beneficiaries belonging to SANTAMASI Irrigators’ Association.
Santa Maria Municipal Councilor Hon. Mario Palicpic, Jr., expressed his gratefulness to NIA Management in supporting the local farmers of his town of Santa Maria, Laguna.
Details and features of the completed project were presented and reported by Engr. Fidel P. Martinez, Division Manager of Laguna Rizal IMO.
The project pegged at PHP 785,509 started its construction on March 22, 2021 and was completed on May 15, 2021.
“Lubos na papasalamat sa aking pamilya sa pagpayag na magamit ang aming lupa para paglagyan ng Model Farm Project na ito. Tinitiyak po namin na ito'y aming pagyayamanin at pahahalagahan", said SANTAMASI IA Model Farm Committee Leader Mr. Celso G. Dalisay.
Engr. Wilson M. Lopez, in his speech, reiterated the commitment of the Agency to provide efficient and effective irrigation system to support the agriculture sector and the effort of the Agency towards modernization and innovation of irrigation facilities.
“Itong project na ito ay electric driven kung kaya't laking tipid sa gasolina at matipid sa tubig dahil drip irrigation system ang gamit dito. Saka kita natin na hindi lamang mga Rice farmers ang aming sinusuportahan, bukas ang tanggapan namin sa sinumang magsasaka na nangangailangan ng maayos na patubig hindi lamng sa para sa palay maging sa ibang mga high value crops din", he added.
Also present during the event were representative from LSPU Siniloan campus, Kakabaihan and Barangay Health Workers (BHW) and SANTAMASI IA officers and members. l G. Silvania, LRIMO