The Entrepreneurial Capability Enhancement of the Farmers’ Cooperative and Association (FCA) Beneficiaries of the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF)-Mechanization Program refers to the physical or virtual conduct of capability enhancement activities such as trainings and/or learning sessions for the FCA-recipients of the RCEF-Mechanization Program. In general, the partnership project seeks to enhance the FCAs’ capability to operate and manage the Farm Machinery Service Provider (FMSP) as a sustainable social enterprise.
The project is being funded by Republic Act No. 11203, also known as the An Act Liberalizing the Importation, Exportation and Trading of Rice, Lifting for the Purpose the Quantitative Import Restriction on Rice, and For Other Purposes, specifically under Section 13 on the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF).
The budget from the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PHilMech) will be transferred and incorporated in the 2021 CDA budget, amounting to Thirteen Million Pesos (P13,000,000.00).
Target beneficiaries of this project must come from the Farmers’ Cooperative and Association (FCA) who already were recipients of the RCEF-Mechanization Program of PHilMech.
Screening, selection, and validation of FCA-beneficiaries list for this Project were identified and provided by PHilMech to CDA under their RCEF-Mechanization Program. Any changes in the list must be approved by the Joint Project Management Team (JPMT) created for this Project.
The CDA and the PHilMech entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the implementation of the Entrepreneurial Capability Enhancement of the Farmers’ Cooperative and Association (FCA) Beneficiaries of the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) Mechanization Program in Nueva Ecija last May 2021. The program intends to enhance the technical and entrepreneurial capabilities of farmer-beneficiaries to operate and manage the Farm Machinery Service Provider (FMSP) by equipping the FCA officers and members with basic values and skills required in running a sustainable agricultural business enterprise.
Attached in this article are the list of target beneficiaries of this project.