Irrigation water level drops; dry spell damage hits P16.8M

A section of the Bago River Irrigation System.*NIA photo

The dry spell has caused the water level at the Bago River Irrigation System (BRIS) to drop but there is still adequate water supply for the rice farms that it covers.

The release of water for the irrigation of the north and south sections of the about 11,000 hectares covered by the BRIS is scheduled so it can cover all areas, Pedro Limpangog, Federation of Irrigators Association of Central Negros – Bago River Irrigation System (FIACN-BRIS) president, said Monday.

The BRIS serves farmlands in Bago, Bacolod and La Carlota cities and the municipalities of Murcia, Pulupandan, San Enrique, Pontevedra and Valladolid.

The dry spell has damaged P16,873,675 in Negros Occidental rice crops, mostly in rainfed areas not covered by the BRIS, an updated Office of Provincial Agriculturist report submitted to Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson on Monday showed.*

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