ABOUT 120 hectares of farmlands cultivated by some 200 farmers are seen to benefit from three new solar-powered irrigation system (SPIS) projects in the region of SOCCSKSARGEN (South Cotabato-Cotabato-Sultan Kudarat-Sarangani-General Santos City). In a statement, the Department of Agriculture-SOCCSKSARGEN (DA-12) said the facilities, with a total cost of P17 million, will provide water in two villages in Libungan, Cotabato, and one in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat. Lucsim Ando, barangay chairman of one of the beneficiary villages, said the irrigation system will allow them to increase their planting cycles. “With the sufficient supply of water now, we can increase our production,” she said. “Approximately, 200 farmers will surely benefit from the SPIS projects in these three sites,” DA-12 Regional Executive Director Milagros C. Casis said. She added that more farmers and local government units have approached them for implementing an SPIS in their areas. “We are receiving proposals from many farmer groups and local government units… we will validate all of these,” Ms. Casis said.
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