CAUAYAN CITY, Isabela- The newly-installed National Irrigation Administrator has expressed optimism that the government will soon be implementing a free irrigation service fee to farmers.
NIA administrator Peter Lavina, during his visit here last week, said the Duterte administration is now studying the proposal of a possible free irrigation service fee for farmers using the waters from the irrigation canals that were constructed by the government and hoping that it will be approved and implemented within this year.
Lavina assured that under his leadership, the free irrigation service fee will already be enjoyed by farmers soon and would increase their desire to produce more palay to make the country rice self-sufficient.
He said the Cagayan Valley region is second palay producer nationwide where its contribution to the rice self-sufficiency program of the government is greatly appreciated.
The NIA official made a visit in this city particularly at the NIA regional office and met with officials of the farmers organization and irrigators association including the NIA -2 officials and employees. -PIA