The Help of Solar Power to Farmers
Author: Darvin Tocmo Date Posted:24 January 2017
Farmers in Piddig, Ilocos Norte are the first to adopt an eco-friendly solar powered pump to irrigate their rice and vegetable crops in Ilocos Norte region. Everyday residents of Tanggaoan and Ab-abot save an average of 250 pesos by harnessing the heat of the sun, as they no longer need to pay for gasoline when watering their plants and crops. “They are grateful to the local government unit of Piddig for helping them in reducing the cost of their farming inputs,” President of the farmers association, Marcos Pascual said. Generating an average of one gallon per 21 seconds, the solar water pump project was granted by the Department of Agriculture as assistance to Piddig farmers without irrigation system. In time for the summer season, the Piddig municipal government also plans to establish four more units of solar power pumps to improve the farming production of non-irrigated farmlands. In September last year, Piddig town was able to request a hydraulic drilling equipment courtesy of DA for the installation of the solar power pumps.