Solar-powered irrigation seen to ease Ecija farmers’ water woes

CABANATUAN CITY --- Israel has offered to help drought-stricken areas in Nueva Ecija province through a technology that can bring water to thousands of hectares of rice fields, according to Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piol. Israeli Agro-Industrial Co. has proposed to fund and build 6,200 units of solar-powered irrigation systems (SPIS) in the country, Piol said during a recent dialogue with farmers here. Saving water The technology is one of the banner programs of the Department of Agriculture to increase farm productivity. SPIS consists of one or more solar panels, a pump, electronic controls or a controller device to operate the pump, storage tank and conveyance stru...

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