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RPMC IX conducts RME on KR2 project at Bayog

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The Integrated Farming System Project in the municipality of Bayog, Zamboanga del Sur which was funded under the Kennedy Round 2 also known as Grant Assistance for Underprivileged Farmers,  was selected for Results Monitoring and Evaluation (RME) by the Regional Project Monitoring Committee (RPMC) IX. The project was implemented in May 2008 and aimed to sustain food production and increase farmer’s income and enhance the knowledge skills and attitude of upland farmers on the benefit of integrated farming system and soil and water conservation measures, among others.

The RME team composed of the RPMC TWG IX Members (five (5) NEDA Staff and two (2) staff from the Presidential Management Staff) conducted stakeholders interview and visited projects sites in Barangay Kahayagan, Liba and Supon last October 19-21, 2011.

The RME activity was conducted to assess the Integrated Farming System Project’s  contribution to the beneficiaries in attaining maximum farm productivity and sustain economic growth of the three recipient barangays in Bayog, Zamboanga del Sur. The result of the evaluation will help implementers and program managers, including the RDC IX, assess the effectiveness of the Project and see if this type of project can be replicated in the future.

During the field visit, the team was able to draw lessons from the different farmer beneficiaries, particularly on the problems and issues pertaining to the implementation of the project. Some of these are results of natural misfortune like bad weather conditions and insects and pest problems among others. Despite of the problems encountered, the farmer beneficiaries are still hopeful that the Integrated Farming System Project could be continued and extended to other farmers within the municipality.

By Michael Vincent DC. Caboral,PMED




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