The city government has provided ten solar-powered irrigation systems to local farmers’ associations in the Philippines, offering an eco-friendly solution for their agricultural needs.
The systems, valued at PHP1 million each, were inaugurated in Barangay 49-A Darayday and funded through the city government’s development fund. This project aims to lower the production costs for rice farming communities in various villages.
Each unit can generate 18 to 22 cubic meters per hour, covering an area of 5 hectares and potentially saving farmers around PHP6,000 in fuel costs during the four-month rice harvesting period.
Solar technology proves more cost-effective due to rising diesel prices compared to traditional fuel-powered irrigation pumps. Each unit includes solar panels, a pump, electronic controls, a storage tank, and conveyance structures, facilitating irrigation during dry seasons.
Furthermore, an additional eight units will be installed to support off-season fruit and vegetable cultivation.