In an attempt to cushion the ill-effects of El Nino phenomenon this year, NIA R1 officials embarked on capability enhancement training programs which aim to provide adequate knowledge and skills to farmer-clientele in managing irrigation systems and facilities more efficiently.

Thirty participants representing Turnout Service Area Group (TSAG) officers from United Calle, Dekalidad Oraan, Oraan West Mermer and Mabasan (from the municipality of Manaoag), Dacasileca (Laoac) and New Ulopan Farmers of Leet (Sta. Barbara) comprised the third batch to undergo special briefing from March 7-9, 2019 at the NIA Regional Training Center in Urdaneta City, Pangasinan. The threeday seminar covers practical methods of Cropping Calendar and Pattern of Planting (CCPP) preparation, efficient water delivery and distribution (WDD) system, controlled irrigation measures and proper maintenance of irrigation facilities & structures.

In a related media interview, Regional Manager Vicente R. Vicmudo answered questions from the media concerning the ill-effect of El Nino in agriculture. He said that the dry spell has minimal consequence on farming activities in the region particularly in Pangasinan. Wilson Lopez, Project Manager of Lower Agno River Irrigation System Improvement Project (LARISIP) also affirmed in the same interview that most part of the region remain unhampered by El Nino due to proactive measures being undertaken by the agency.