Filipino farmers continue to face challenges in providing irrigation to their farmlands. At the same time, government is continuously seeking on how to provide the most effective method for farm irrigations. Thus, solar power energy was seen as the most attainable innovation in Philippine agriculture.
The Department of Agriculture’s first prototype of the solar powered irrigation system in M’lang, Cotabato highlights the effort of the government and brings with it the possibilities of a cost-efficient yet high production rate of crops all year round.
In his keynote speech, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte expressed the relevance of innovations in the country by saying, “… you must come up with something other than the irrigation provided here, to, for, by the government, kailangan ninyo nang maghanap ng ibang technology. The technology is advancing every day before it, not invention, innovation, and it’s done everywhere.”
In an interview, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol shared his sentiments regarding the project. “Today, I’m happy to announce to the Filipino people that we have perfected the system. We can throw water at a rate of 600 to 1000 gallons per minute depending on the intensity of the sunlight, and we can irrigate as much as 150 hectares with only spending less than 8 million pesos,” Secretary Piñol said.
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