A P1-MILLION solar-powered irrigation system has been turned over to the Barlo Agrarian Reform Cooperative in Mabini, Pangasinan, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) announced Monday.

The facility can irrigate three to five hectares of agricultural land, benefiting around 30 farmers in the area.

DAR Assistant Regional Director for Administration Maria B. Francisco said the irrigation system “will address the water problem” of the town’s rice farmers, both agrarian reform beneficiaries and non-beneficiaries. 

The department said farmers used to spend an average of P20,000 on irrigation, including rent, labor, and crude oil.

“With the help of the SPIS, the production cost of the farmers will be reduced,” it said.

Farmers, who used to plant only during the rainy season, would also now be able to more than once a year. — Luisa Maria Jacinta C. Jocson