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Extension of JICA-funded project in Northern Samar entails a new study

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by Francisca O. Tan

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) project in Northern Samar entitled “Special Assistance for Project Sustainability for the Help for Catubig Agricultural Advancement Project (SAPS-HCAAP)” is extended until May 2019. Based at the Community Innovations Studies Center (CISC) of CPAf, the project was supposed to end on October 31, 2018.

The SAPS-HCAAP covered 12 irrigators’ associations (IAs) in the Municipalities of Catubig and Las Navas, Northern Samar. With the 7-month extension, an organizational assessment will be conducted. The influence of IAs to farmers’ decision to adopt/practice modern rice technologies will be evaluated and those IAs that have influence on farmers’ decision will be characterized in terms of financial status, management capabilities, and organizational structure.

The extension of the project also led to the continuation of its second component, Rice Farming Technology Training and Demonstration Farm. Of the target 19 rice farmer-cooperators, only 12 were able to establish their demonstration farms. Three of them stopped their planting activities due to insufficient water supply brought about by unexpected drought in the province. The rest of the cooperators who were located in the rainfed areas were delayed in the establishment of their techno demo farms due to delayed rainfall and their sources of water using the impounding facilities already dried up. Hence, the establishment of the techno demo farms of the 12 cooperators will be extended until next cropping season, November 2018 - March 2019. Farmer-cooperators will also continuously receive mentoring from the project team to help them establish their farm.

The organizational assessment will be led by CISC researcher Samantha Geraldine G. De los Santos as Project Leader and Director Blanquita R. Pantoja as Study Leader, with Francisca O. Tan as Assistant Agrarian Reform Specialist and Rona Thea T. Reodica as Project Assistant.

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