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7.9M RID subprojects turned over to Nawal folks; forest protection highlighted

Nawal turn over 2016

Nawal, Bokod, Benguet – Farm families have recently celebrated the completion and turn- over of four rural infrastructure subprojects amounting to Php7, 960, 431.92. These subprojects include Rehabilitation of Kiweng-Nawal FMR (Php4, 151,143.79), Rehabilitation of Ambajat-Duacan CIS (Php1,631, 979.21), Rehabilitation of Nawal Proper DWS (1,305,000) and Rehabilitation of Suyoc-Debonow DWS (Php872, 308.92).
The subprojects were funded by the Second Cordillera Highland Agricultural Resource Management Project (CHARMP2) with counterpart funds from the provincial and municipal LGU. The Department of Agriculture also counterparted 20% of the Kiweng-Nawal FMR’s total contract amount through its Co-Financing Agreement.
“It’s a day of celebration because these projects are finally completed and turned over to you [beneficiaries],” Project Cameron Odsey expressed. He added that these projects came through a series of consultation with the community and through commitments of counterparts from the local government unit, hence, these should be sustained for the good of the community.
During the turn-over ceremonies, it was also noted that forest fire is prevalent during the summer period. Dr. Odsey encouraged the participants to protect their forest which is basically the source of potable and irrigation water. He said that the CHARMP2 water work projects were meant to upgrade water distribution to Level II, but these will not serve its purpose without sufficient water to be tapped from the source.
Dr. Odsey also pointed out that the Ambajat-Duacan CIS has brought more promising potentials on agriculture for the farmer-beneficiaries in Ambajat and Duakan. It was recalled that most of their lands are not cultivated or left barren before due to the insufficiency of water. But with the completion of the CIS, their lands are already cultivated for agricultural production particularly kintoman, a popular heirloom rice in Benguet.
Because of the availability of sufficient irrigation, kintoman is now planted twice a year according to the farmers. “Gapu jay irigasyon, maminduwa kamin nga agapit ti kintoman kada tawen (Because of the irrigation, we already harvests kintoman twice a year),” said Elvis Meno, Tabangawen, Ambajat, Duakan Irrigators Association (TADIA) president.
The harvested rice are marketed to local stores in Giweng but most are for home consumption. Ms. Loyda Bengkas, one of the beneficiaries said that they can harvest 10 cavans of heirloom rice in one cropping. The product is sold at 150.00 per ganta.
The barangay LGU and farmer beneficiaries committed to protect and sustain the irrigation, roads, and DWS subprojects given to them.//JBAgrifino

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