REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST IPM-Announcement on selection of Service providing Company

Azerbaijan Republic

Agricultural Competitiveness Improvement Project

Loan No.8286-AZ

 

Assignment Title: Provision of non-consulting services to support training program on IPM Selection of service providing company on application of Integrated Pest Management practices on alfalfa cultivation

Reference No. AZ-AACD-218613-NC-RFQ-A2/SC

 

The Government of Azerbaijan has received financing from the World Bank toward the cost of the Agricultural Competitiveness Improvement Project, and intends to apply part of the proceeds for consulting services.

The project consists of four components:

  1. Component A - Support for sanitary and phytosanitary services
  2. Component B - Agri-food value chain development
  3. Component C - Financial services to agribusiness
  4. Component D-Project Management. 

 

Sub-component A2: Upgrading Plant Health and Phytosanitary System. This sub-component would support upgrading the State Phytosanitary Control Services (SPCS). Project interventions will be focused on: (i) strengthening pest diagnostic capacity through provision of equipment for SPCS laboratories and training in pest diagnostics; (ii) enhancing pest control and pest risk analysis capacity through provision of equipment and targeted technical assistance and training and (iii) implementation of the pest management plan.

 

The general objective

 

The overall objective of the assignment is fostering Integrated Pest Management practice among relevant institutions and farmers’ communities in order to minimize dependence on chemical pesticides and produce environmentally friendly crops.

The specific objective of the assignment is demonstration of Integrated pest management in alfalfa in demonstration fields, provision of support on training services for IPM in alfalfa and catering services for trainees, as well as preparation of promotional and campaign materials.

As a result of the assignment awareness of farmers on highly effective, modern and environmentally friendly pesticides, as well as on pest control methods by application of modern techniques will be increased.

For this purposes the Individual Consultant was selected to deliver trainings and supervise the field demonstrations.

Along with that the Project intends to hire the service providing company to support the field activities.

 

Scope of works:

The Service providing company will be responsible for the following:

 

  1. Agricultural services in the field
  • Supervision of plant growing process step by step from site preparation to harvesting stage

 

  1. Training support services

 

  • Provision of trainings with facilities, consumables, water and etc.
  • Provision of transportation services for participants

 

  1. Catering services

 

  • 2 coffee breaks and a lunch break

 

  1. Promotional and campaign materials

 

  • Preparation of booklets, posters and roll up

 

Service will be delivered in regions (Ganja/Samukh/Goranboy as a main station for alfalfa) where alfalfa cultivation is considered as a one of the leading sectors of crop husbandry.

 

Reporting and expected outputs:

The Service Provider should provide implementation plan, interim implementation and final report, as well as perform all the indicated tasks in timely manner.

 

 Duration of the assignment:

Above indicated services will be provided by Service Provider during the period May – November 2021.

 

The shortlisting criteria are:

 

Service provider should have intensive experience and similar contracts in:

 

  • Agricultural or related field works (works related to Integrated Pest Management would be an asset).
  • Conducting training support activities, provision of transportation and catering services.
  • Developing printing materials (posters, booklets, etc.)
  • Information on availability of relevant vehicles, including their technical specifications;
  • Assorted menu sheets

 

The assignment involves of wide number of people. Safety aspects should be considered properly.

 

The Agricultural Competitiveness Improvement Project now invites eligible Service providing Companies to indicate their interest in providing the services. Interested Companies should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the Services.

 

The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of the World Bank’s Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits & Grants] by World Bank Borrowers, January 2011 edition, revised July 2014 (“Consultant Guidelines”), setting forth the World Bank’s policy on conflict of interests. 

 

Expressions of interest must be delivered in a written form to the address below (in person, or by mail, or by fax, or by e-mail) by May 11, 2021.

 

Agency for Agro Credit and Development under the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Azerbaijan/Agricultural Competitiveness Improvement Project

Attn: Mr. Anar Azimov

Project Director

1965, Z.Bunyadov avenue, Chinar Park Business Center, AZ1075, Baku, Azerbaijan

Tel: (+99 412) 525 01 17

E-mail: anarazim@gmail.com; gunelsafaraliyeva@gmail.com;nargiz.acip@gmail.com

Web: www.akia.gov.az 

 

Further information can be obtained at the address above during office hours 09:00 - 18:00.