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CONSULTANCY FOR AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTIVITY ENHANCEMENT (CAPE) PROGRAM PDF Print Email

The Program aims to institutionalize effective farm management strategies to improve agricultural productivity. The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) thru the Technology Application and Promotion Institute (TAPI) provides consultancy teams to undertake productivity studies for qualified agri-based enterprises.


OBJECTIVES

* Improve productivity in the agricultural sector through judicious application of S& T innovations;
* Creation/accreditation of a pool of consultants to provide productivity consultancy services in agriculture; and
* Encourage the private sector to tap government generated S& T innovations in agriculture.

SECTORS COVERED

* Aquaculture (prawn, milkfish, mudcrab, tilapia, seaweeds, etc.)
* Horticulture Crops (vegetables, fruits, ornamentals, plantation crops, etc.)

WHO CAN AVAIL OF THE CAPE PROGRAM

CAPE is open to any agri-based enterprises involved in the production of agricultural products within the program coverage.

HOW TO AVAIL OF CAPE ASSISTANCE

Individual farmers, farmer cooperatives, NGOs and LGUs may contact the nearest provincial or regional DOST offices for endorsement to TAPI. A formal request for CAPE assistance must then be submitted. The request should contain:

1. Background information of the farm
2. Type of technical assistance needed
3. Expertise required

CAPE consultancy teams may also recommend farms for inclusion in the program. Participation to the program is free of charge. However, full commitment and cooperation of farm beneficiary is required specially in sharing relevant information to the study team.

HOW ARE FARMS SCREENED

Farm owners/representatives are invited to a matching session. DOST Regional Offices shall be responsible for the selection of farm beneficiaries
Matching of farms with CAPE consultants is done in consultation with farm owners.
Farm beneficiaries signify their agreement to participate in the program by signing the Commitment Contract.

REQUIREMENTS FOR FARM BENEFICIARIES

Costs involved in implementing the recommendations of the consultants to improve farm operations will be the farm owners' counterpart (i.e. cost of labor and farm inputs such as fertilizer, pesticide, etc.) The farm beneficiaries shall designate their own personnel as project counterparts.

OPERATING PROCEDURES FOR CAPE PROGRAM

1. CAPE evaluates application for assistance
2. If it qualifies and meets the requirements for assistance, CAPE organizes a team of experts that will visit the farm
3. A matching session between the consultancy team, together with a team from DOST Regional or Provincial Offices and the farmer beneficiary is held to identify problems, possible areas for intervention and possible solutions/ recommendations to the problems identified
4. Consultancy Team submits an Inception Report containing brief description of the farm, technical problems identified, possible technical interventions, schedule of visits/ activities, and costs and benefits expected from the proposed interventions. DOST Regional Offices reviews said documents and submits proposal to TAP I for decision
5. Upon approval of the proposal, DOST Regional Offices enter into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Consultancy Group and the project is implemented. If disapproved, DOST Regional Offices inform the proponent of the decision in writing
6. TAPI releases fund for the project
7. The progress report containing the accomplishments against the interventions recommended is submitted to TAPI within two (2) months after the effectivity of the Contract
8. At the end of the study, a final report is submitted by the team to DOST Regional Offices and endorse report to TAPI documenting the assessment, analyses, evaluation and recommendations made
9. Upon completion of the project, TAPI/DOST Regional Offices shall assess the performance of the farms to see its effects against the targets contained in the inception report and as basis for future consultancy engagements.

PROJECT DURATION

The consultancy team shall complete the study of the assigned farm/farms within a period equivalent to one complete cycle (i.e. one cropping season, one production cycle, etc.) from contract signing.

CONFIDENTIALITY CLAUSE

Farm level reports are treated with utmost confidentiality. Any information regarding the consultancy cannot be divulged without the consent of the farm owner.

MONITORING AND PROGRAM UPDATES

TAPI and/or DOST Regional/Provincial Office representatives shall conduct monitoring and validation of CAPE-assisted projects.

 

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