Presidential aspirant Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos, Jr. on Tuesday backed the proposed switch of the Nationwide Irrigation Administration (NIA) beneath the jurisdiction of the Division of Agriculture (DA) saying that the transfer is the precise step in the direction of serving to Filipino farmers enhance their crop yields.

Marcos identified that the DA, being the first company dealing with the agriculture sector, has all of the pertinent information, applications, tools, and consultants.  He added that each businesses can be higher in a position to fulfill their mandates and ship higher companies to Filipino farmers if their program methods and targets are aligned.

“The DA and NIA have a typical goal of guaranteeing meals safety in our nation and transferring the NIA to the DA might improve meals manufacturing nationwide. Their built-in applications and interventions would develop the agriculture sector which is vital to our financial improvement,” he added.

NIA is remitted to offer environment friendly, efficient, and sustainable irrigation companies aimed toward serving to Filipino farmers improve their yields and thus contribute to the nation’s inclusive financial development.

Research present that correct irrigation is a significant driver of productiveness in farms with greater than 60 p.c of rice fields relying on irrigation greater than rainwater.

“Mula nang magkaroon ng irrigation dito sa ating bansa, hindi na lang isang beses sa isang taon nakakapag-ani ang mga magsasaka natin dahil nakakapagtanim na sila kahit hindi tag-ulan. Kaya talagang dapat nating ayusin ang ating irrigation system,” the presidential aspirant burdened.

The NIA is a government-owned and managed company (GOCC) created beneath Republic Act (RA) 3601 and was beneath the Workplace of the President (OP) when it was created in 1963.

It was transferred to the Division of Public Works, Transportation, and Communication in 1972, and was hooked up to the Division of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and DA in 1987.  In 1992, the NIA returned to the OP however was transferred once more to the DA. In 2014, NIA was in a while moved to the OP by Government Order No. 165.

Final April, Agriculture Secretary William D. Dar requested the switch which he mentioned, would help higher integration and improve coordination to maximise out there sources to enhance the productiveness of Philippine agriculture.

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