In a world where energy consumption is a growing concern, one small community in Mindoro is taking a step towards sustainable agriculture with the inauguration of a solar-powered irrigation that could potentially revolutionize farming in the area.
The newly constructed Solar Powered Irrigation System (SPIS) worth around P6 million was recently inaugurated in Sitio Bagong Silang, Barangay Baruyan in Calapan City.
The project was made possible through funding from the Department of Agriculture (DA) and DA-Mimaropa, in partnership with the City Agricultural Services Department.
Its aim is to provide convenience to farmers by eliminating the need for electricity or fuel to power irrigation machinery.
The project was inaugurated in the presence of several high-ranking officials, including DA-Mimaropa Regional Executive Director Maritess Panopio, City Mayor Marilou Morillo, first district representative Congressman Arnan Panaligan, officials from the Baruyan Farmers Association, and barangay officials.
The implementation of the SPIS is expected to have a significant impact on the local agricultural sector, as it provides an alternative source of energy for irrigation machinery. This will not only make it easier for farmers to water their crops but also reduce their dependence on non-renewable sources of energy, such as diesel or gasoline.