KIDAPAWAN CITY 26 January 2021 – In collaboration with the University of Southern Mindanao (USM), ten (10) farm beneficiaries in the province has been undertaking the DOST-CAPE or Consultancy for Agricultural Productivity Enhancement program.
The said program aims to help enhance the overall operation and increase productivity of MSMEs in the agriculture sector.
“Region wide, we have been assisting a total of forty-three (43) farm beneficiaries through our CAPE program, implementation of which commenced in August 2020”, DOST XII Regional Director Engr. Sammy P. Malawan confirmed.
Pool of Experts from USM were accredited thru the DOST OneExpert (1E) program. Matched with specific farms in line with their respective field of expertise/ specialization, the experts conducted CAPE productivity studies.
Presentation and One-on-One Consultation with the Farm Beneficiaries took place yesterday, January 25 via Zoom teleconferencing in view of the persistent COVID-19 threat.
According to Ms. Babai K. Tagitican, SRS II and CAPE focal person, the activity served as an avenue for the experts to meet with their respective beneficiary/ies online, in breakout sessions, for presentation and consultation on the findings and recommendations made, following the experts’ actual conduct of farm assessment and data gathering.
“Of the 10 agri-farms assisted in North Cotabato, two (2) are poultry farms; three (3) are on livestock; four (4) are clustered under horticulture; and one (1) is involve in aquatic farming”, enumerated Ms. Tagitican.
Dr. Francisco Gil Garcia, USM President rendered inspirational message during the activity and emphasized the dire need for us to further strengthen our local agricultural sector and farming for food security and sustainability.
Engr. Malawan on the other hand, encouraged farm beneficiaries to apply and implement recommendations of the experts. He added that monitoring will be undertaken to tract developments and improvements as well as the impact of S&T interventions.
S&T Provincial Director Michael Mayo assured North Cotabateños that with sustained coordination and strategies coupled with adherence to safety health protocols, DOST programs, projects and services will be continuously implemented in the province including consultancy services, amidst the pandemic. ###