The Israeli government said it is interested on investing irrigation technology to the country to modernize the Philippine’s irrigation system, Israeli newspaper The Jerusalem Post said. Israel is known for converting desert into vegetation, and is popular in implementing state-of-the art technology in irrigation and farming.
The Philippines’ irrigation system is one of the biggest problems the farmers, especially in Central Luzon and Mindanao are facing for more than 30 years since former President Ferdinand Marcos was ousted.
For more than 30 years, the Philippine irrigation system did not have any major improvement according to the Philippine Information Agency (PIA).
Israel’s plan, if agreed by the Philippine government is expected to provide agricultural waters for more than 40% of the country’s rice fields in the next five years according to the report.
The Department of Agriculture under Sec. Emmanuel Piñol welcomes the report and called it a big help for the country’s second generation “Green Revolution”. The first “Green Revolution” was introduced under Marcos government, with Masagana 99, on 1970’s.
The Philippines if moving towards re-importation of rice, and with the help of Israel, there is a big possibility that the plan will be materialized before Duterte’s term ends, the report said. /Saad Ha’az/
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