President Rodrigo Duterte has committed to provide PHP41 billion for the establishment of solar-powered irrigation system in the Philippines in the next three years, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said during the Food Security Summit in Iloilo City.
“The idea of providing water by big irrigation system is actually an aged-old idea. What we need are small irrigation systems because we have small landholdings,” Piñol said.
According to him, there are 169 small river systems that are being constructed in various parts of the country with a goal to irrigate 500,000 hectares of new rice farms.
Each solar-powered system costs PHP6.7million each.
He said small solar-powered irrigation system will complement big irrigation system. It is intended to complement the big irrigation systems,” he said.