Batac City Plans Solar-Powered Irrigation System to Support Farmers Amid Climate Challenges

BATAC, Ilocos Norte — In response to the ongoing threat of climate change on agriculture, the city government of Batac is planning to introduce a solar-powered irrigation system in Barangay San Mateo to support local farmers. This initiative aims to enhance agricultural productivity by improving water management during critical growing periods.

According to Philippines News Agency, the announcement came as representatives from the Climate Change Commission (CCC) conducted a field validation of the city’s infrastructure projects, which are candidates for funding by the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP). The proposed solar irrigation system, located near a small water impounding dam, is expected to significantly benefit the agricultural sector by maximizing water collection and storage, thus facilitating the cultivation of high-value crops especially during the dry season.

“The solar irrigation system will be a big help to our farmers. Irrigation is always a challenge in Batac that is why we continue to dredge our waterways and construct more farm reservoirs to address water shortages, particularly during summer,” Mayor Chua stated. The system is strategically located in an area that maintains a continuous water supply throughout the year, enhancing its effectiveness.

Mayor Chua also highlighted the site’s feasibility and its potential to reduce farmers’ reliance on fuel for traditional irrigation methods. This project aligns with the Marcos administration’s broader initiative to promote food sufficiency through a nationwide solar-powered irrigation program, with Batac City identified as one of the pilot locations.

“We are grateful to our governor for recommending Batac as one of the field validation sites of the CCC. We hope that this will materialize soon,” Chua added. In addition to the proposed irrigation system, the city government is encouraging farmers to plant drought-resistant crops as a further measure against climate change impacts.