Author: Julio Yap Jr.
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The “first and biggest” solar-powered irrigation system in Luzon was completed in Llanera, Nueva Ecija following its successful initial testing conducted last Friday.
The Department of Agriculture (DA) implemented the Caridad Norte and Sur Solar-Powered Irrigation System (SPIS), which is a pilot project of the DA Regional Field Office 3 (DA-RFO 3) to enhance and sustain rice production in the highland rainfed areas of the municipality.
The project was realized through the efforts of DA-RFO 3 Regional Executive Director Roy M. Abaya and DA-RFO 3Assistant Regional Director for Operations & Extension Crispulo G. Bautista, Jr., and constructed and installed by Bacolod City-based R.U. Foundry and Machine Shop Corporation (RUFMSC).
Some 125 rice farmers who are members of the Caridad Norte and Sur Irrigators Association (CNSIA) are expected to benefit under the SPIS.
The facility is composed of 140Lorentz solar panels, a 40-horsepower Lorentz submersible pump, state-of-the-art electronic control devices, highly-reliable flow meter gauge, concrete storage tank, and irrigation distribution pipelines.