THE Negros Island Federation of Irrigators’ Associations (NIFIA) has asked the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) to sustain its island-wide irrigation developments through the establishment of Negros Island Irrigation Management Office (NIRMO).
NIFIA solicited help from NIA Administrator Ricardo Visaya, who led the mass turnover of about P290 million worth of communal irrigation projects to various irrigators’ associations (IAs) in Bacolod City Tuesday.
The federation, in a resolution presented during the activity, said irrigators in the region have felt the significant improvement in the delivery and accessibility of services to small farmers and their families under NIA-NIR, which has been operating for more than a year already.
NIFIA is composed of 124 association-members of the League of Government-Assisted Federation of Irrigators’ Associations in Negros Occidental, and 107 IAs under Negros Oriental-Siquijor Federation Irrigators' Association.
It has a total aggregate of almost 22,000 hectares, comprised of 12,843 hectares and 9,032 hectares covered by Legafiano and Nosfia, respectively.
The resolution stated that NIFIA has been an active partner of NIA in irrigation development, including the efforts in organizing and uniting small farmers in the region.
The collaboration has ensured that the collective efforts of small farmers will result to greater impact towards the attainment of local rice self-sufficiency, it said.
“The momentum of NIA-NIFIA partnership is sometimes disturbed due to uncertainty of retaining the region," the resolution said, adding that the NIRMO is now conducting the study on more efficient utilization of the common water resources of the two provinces.
For his part, Visaya expressed support to the retention of NIR, which was created by virtue of Executive Order 183 issued by former President Benigno Aquino III in May 2015.
Visaya, however, assured that if ever the abolishment of NIR happens “the agency will continue to work on providing efficient delivery of services to the farmers in the region.”
Published in the SunStar Bacolod newspaper on May 04, 2017.
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