BSWM pushes SSIP to small farmers

THE Bureau of Soils and Water Management is aggressively pushing for the wider coordination and cooperation of Small Water Impounding System Association to support the vision of Secretary Proceso J. Alcala to achieve food sufficiency and sustainable agriculture in the country.

BSWM Executive Director Silvino Q. Tejada said that the SWISA  (Small Water Irrigation System Association ) Regional Congress will be held in all regions of the country to consult farmers in identifying the problem, issues and concern on small scale irrigation projects and to come up with needed-inputs for another tie-up between beneficiaries and the BSWM. The initial regional congress will be on June 19-21, 2012 in Naga City for Region V.

“What BSWM envision is that the farmer and the SWISA’s will be able to cooperate on measures how to improve further their capability to properly manage and operate their system” Tejada said.

To help implement the program and monitor its SWISA’s success, the BSWM proposing that federation of various programs, beneficiaries be formed.

Expected to attend the SWISA Regional Congress are the 130 SWISA’s president, local government unit and DA-RFU-Regional Agricultural Engineering Division.

SWISA’s were very active  many years back in the conduct of operating and maintenance of small water impounding project and diversion dam irrigation systems. But many of these SWISA’s become inactive even if many of SWIP’s that were established are still operational and in good condition. BSWM Director said. He added that because of this, many SWIP’s and Diversion Dam are not optimally utilized and conflicts among users emerged.

“An assessment of the current status as well as concern and key issues of SWISA’s are needed to determine the appropriate remedial measures to make them active and more participating again,” Tejada said.

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