Palawan - The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) - Palawan Irrigation Management Office (PIMO) installs first solar-powered pump - Isumbo Pump Irrigation Project (PIP) with 3,728.5 watt or 5 horsepower (hp) submersible pump motor capable to produce 100 gallons of water per minute (gpm) sufficient which can irrigate 10 hectares of farm land even on dry season in Bgy. Isumbo, Sofronio Española.
The implementation of Isumbo PIP started last May 29, 2020 with the project cost of P3,557,289.76 awarded to Reinastar Trading & Construction Supply. The approved budget covers the installation of solar-powered pump, pump house, control panel and accessories and 0.399 km of canal lining to be completed in 120 calendar days.
President Jeanie G. Denzon of Calambiringan Irrigators Association (IA) said “farming without irrigation becomes tough for the farmers during dry spell in Sitio Calabano. The excess water coming from water well was maximized using expensive fuelled water pump just to continue farming practices. The Isumbo PIP will give free irrigation for 13 farmer beneficiaries for aquaculture operation and rice farming in said remote area”.
The completion of solar-powered pump project can help diversify agricultural production. It was designed as energy efficient and has the ability to pump up water from the source to an elevated storage tank and releases by gravity directly to irrigated areas.
Palawan IMO Division Manager Conrado V. Cardenas, Jr. ensures that remote areas are also being prioritized for irrigation projects in times of COVID-19 pandemic.#Daryle C. Camara, Palawan IMO