The Consultancy For Agricultural Productivity Enhancement (CAPE) Program aims to institutionalize effective farm management strategies to improve agricultural productivity. This program provides consultancy teams to undertake productivity studies for qualified agri-based enterprises in the region.
Being implemented in the region by the Department of Science and Technology Regional Office No. XII (DOST XII), CAPE has the following 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.
- Aquaculture (prawn, milkfish, mudcrab, tilapia, etc.)
- Horticulture Crops (vegetables, fruits, ornamentals, plantation crops, etc.)
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 DOST XII regional office or any of the Provincial Science and Technology Centers nearest them. A formal request for CAPE assistance must then be submitted addressed to DR. ZENAIDA P. HR LAIDAN, Regional Director. The request should contain:
- Background information of the farm
- Type of technical assistance needed
- 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 XII 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.
- DOST XII evaluates application for assistance.
- If it qualifies and meets the requirements for assistance, DOST XII organizes a team of experts that will visit the farm.
- 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.
- 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 XII releases the 50% of the consultancy fees and travel costs upon receipt of the Inception Report.
- The progress report containing the accomplishments against the interventions recommended is submitted to DOST XII within two (2) months after the effectivity of the Contract.
- At the end of the study, a final report is submitted by the team to DOST XII documenting the analyses, evaluation and recommendations made.
- Upon completion of the project, DOST XII 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.
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.
Monitoring and Program Updates
DOST Regional/Provincial office representatives will conduct monitoring and validation of CAPE-assisted projects.