RFQ: Fruit Drying Factory Food Safety and Quality Initiative

RFQ: Fruit Drying Factory Food Safety and Quality Initiative

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CNFA announces a Request for Quotations (RFQ) #CNFA-AZ-75 through an open tender for procurement of water purification and laboratory eequipment for a fruit drying facility.

 

1. Purchaser Information:

Purchaser: CNFA 

City: Baku 

Email: procurement@asapaz.org 

 

2. Subject of Procurement:  

Water purification and laboratory eequipment for a fruit drying  facility. 

3. Other Conditions:

All tender documentation, including terms and conditions for this procurement, will be provided upon request by email upon CNFA’s receipt of email requests from interested vendors at the following address: procurement@asapaz.org. Tender documentation will not be provided after 18:00 Baku time on April 30, 2018. The deadline for accepting bids will be 18:00 Baku time on May 4, 2018.

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RFQ: Drip Irrigation System

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RFQ Number:

CNFA-AZ-71

Issuance Date:

March 5, 2018

Deadline for Questions:

March 15, 2018

Deadline for Offers:

March 19, 2018

Description:

Drip Irrigation System and Equipment

For:

Agricultural Support to Azerbaijan Project (ASAP)

Funded By:

United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

AID-112-C-14-00001

Implemented By:

CNFA

Point of Contact

Ms. Konul Veliyeva

Subcontracts and TTF Specialist

procurement@asapaz.org

 

1.      Introduction: The Agricultural Support to Azerbaijan (ASAP) is a USAID-funded program implemented by CNFA in Azerbaijan. The objective of ASAP is to support the diversification of the economy through initiatives that assist small and medium-sized agribusinesses and farmers to grow. As part of its project activities, ASAP requires the procurement of a drip irrigation system for a fruit orchard. The purpose of this RFQ is to solicit quotations for this equipment.

 

The proposed project activity involves the installation of drip irrigation on 21.5 hectares of intensive and semi-intensive orchards of a project beneficiary in order to provide proper irrigation water and fertilizers to his farm, thereby enabling sales of produce in and out of season to increase profitability for the beneficiary. The purpose of this RFQ is to solicit quotations for these items.

 

Offerors are responsible for ensuring that their offers are received by CNFA in accordance with the instructions, terms, and conditions described in this RFQ.  Failure to adhere to instructions described in this RFQ may lead to disqualification of an offer from consideration.

 

2.      Offer Deadline and Protocol: Offers must be received by no later than 18:00 Baku time on March 19, 2018. Please reference the RFQ number in any response to this RFQ. Offers received after the specified time and date will be considered late and will be considered only at the discretion of CNFA. Offers must be submitted by email at procurement@asapaz.org

 

Please reference the RFQ number in any response to this RFQ. Offers received after the specified time and date will be considered late and will be considered only at the discretion of CNFA. The cover page of this solicitation summarizes the important dates of the solicitation process. Offerors must strictly follow the provided deadlines to be considered for award.

 

3.      Questions: Questions regarding the technical or administrative requirements of this RFQ may be submitted by no later than 18:00 Baku time on March 15, 2018 by email to procurement@asapaz.org. Questions must be submitted in writing; phone calls will not be accepted. Questions and requests for clarification—and the responses thereto—that CNFA believes may be of interest to other offerors will be circulated to all RFQ recipients who have indicated an interest in bidding.

 

Only the written answers issued by CNFA will be considered official and carry weight in the RFQ process and subsequent evaluation. Any verbal information received from employees of CNFA or any other entity should not be considered as an official response to any questions regarding this RFQ.

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RFQ: Flash Freezer (cold storage)

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RFQ Number:

CNFA-AZ-70

Issuance Date:

March 5, 2018

Deadline for Questions:

March 15, 2018

Deadline for Offers:

March 19, 2018

Description:

Flash freezer (clod storage)

For:

Agricultural Support to Azerbaijan Project (ASAP)

Funded By:

United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

AID-112-C-14-00001

Implemented By:

CNFA

Point of Contact

Ms. Konul Veliyeva

 Subcontracts and TTF Specialist

procurement@asapaz.org

 

1.      Introduction: The Agricultural Support to Azerbaijan (ASAP) is a USAID program implemented by CNFA in Azerbaijan. The objective of ASAP is to support the diversification of the economy through initiatives that assist small and medium-sized agribusinesses and farmers to grow. As part of its project activities, ASAP requires the procurement of equipment for a cold storage facility. The purpose of this RFQ is to solicit quotations for this equipment.

 

The proposed project activity involves the construction of a 330 square meters cold storage facility near the strawberry production field of a project beneficiary in order to provide proper long-term storage of strawberries, thereby enabling sales of produce in and out of season to increase profitability for the beneficiary. The purpose of this RFQ is to solicit quotations for these items.

 

Offerors are responsible for ensuring that their offers are received by CNFA in accordance with the instructions, terms, and conditions described in this RFQ.  Failure to adhere to instructions described in this RFQ may lead to disqualification of an offer from consideration.

 

2.      Offer Deadline and Protocol: Offers must be received by no later than 18:00 Baku time onMarch 15, 2018. Please reference the RFQ number in any response to this RFQ. Offers received after the specified time and date will be considered late and will be considered only at the discretion of CNFA. Offers must be submitted by email at procurement@asapaz.org

 

Please reference the RFQ number in any response to this RFQ. Offers received after the specified time and date will be considered late and will be considered only at the discretion of CNFA. The cover page of this solicitation summarizes the important dates of the solicitation process. Offerors must strictly follow the provided deadlines to be considered for award.

 

3.      Questions: Questions regarding the technical or administrative requirements of this RFQ may be submitted by no later than 18:00 Baku time on March 15, 2018 by email to procurement@asapaz.org. Questions must be submitted in writing; phone calls will not be accepted. Questions and requests for clarification—and the responses thereto—that CNFA believes may be of interest to other offerors will be circulated to all RFQ recipients who have indicated an interest in bidding.

 

Only the written answers issued by CNFA will be considered official and carry weight in the RFQ process and subsequent evaluation. Any verbal information received from employees of CNFA or any other entity should not be considered as an official response to any questions regarding this RFQ.

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RFQ: Pomegranate Nursery Development

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RFQ Number:

CNFA-AZ-72

Issuance Date:

March 5, 2018

Deadline for Questions:

March 15, 2018

Deadline for Offers:

March 19, 2018

Description:

Pomegranate Nursery development

For:

Agricultural Support to Azerbaijan Project (ASAP)

Funded By:

United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

AID-112-C-14-00001

Implemented By:

CNFA

Point of Contact

Ms. Konul Veliyeva

Subcontracts & TTF Specialist

procurement@asapaz.org

 

 

1.      Introduction: The Agricultural Support to Azerbaijan (ASAP) is a USAID program implemented by CNFA in Azerbaijan. The objective of ASAP is to support the diversification of the economy through initiatives that assist small and medium-sized agribusinesses and farmers to grow. As part of its project activities, ASAP requires the procurement and installation of equipment, training for a hectare of pomegranate nursery. The purpose of this RFQ is to solicit quotations for this activity.

 

The proposed project activity involves the development of 1 hectare of pomegranate nursery, installation of drip irrigation and other required equipment for fertilization and seedling production and training of personnel to manage the nursery. The purpose of this RFQ is to solicit quotations for these items.

 

Offerors are responsible for ensuring that their offers are received by CNFA in accordance with the instructions, terms, and conditions described in this RFQ.  Failure to adhere to instructions described in this RFQ may lead to disqualification of an offer from consideration.

 

2.      Offer Deadline and Protocol: Offers must be received by no later than 18:00 Baku time on March 19, 2018. Please reference the RFQ number in any response to this RFQ. Offers received after the specified time and date will be considered late and will be considered only at the discretion of CNFA. Offers must be submitted by email at procurement@asapaz.org

 

Please reference the RFQ number in any response to this RFQ. Offers received after the specified time and date will be considered late and will be considered only at the discretion of CNFA. The cover page of this solicitation summarizes the important dates of the solicitation process. Offerors must strictly follow the provided deadlines to be considered for award.

 

3.      Questions: Questions regarding the technical or administrative requirements of this RFQ may be submitted by no later than 18:00 Baku time on March 15, 2018 by email to procurement@asapaz.org. Questions must be submitted in writing; phone calls will not be accepted. Questions and requests for clarification—and the responses thereto—that CNFA believes may be of interest to other offerors will be circulated to all RFQ recipients who have indicated an interest in bidding.

 

Only the written answers issued by CNFA will be considered official and carry weight in the RFQ process and subsequent evaluation. Any verbal information received from employees of CNFA or any other entity should not be considered as an official response to any questions regarding this RFQ.

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STTA: Salinity Assessment

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I. BACKGROUND

ASAP is a five-year, USAID-funded project to increase the incomes of agribusinesses and agricultural producers along the entire berry, hazelnut, orchard, pomegranate, and vegetable value chains. By supporting the growth and expanded exports of agribusiness SMEs through technical assistance by international experts and local Business Service Providers (BSPs), increased access to new technologies, marketing services, and finance, and strengthened international linkages, ASAP is contributing to the accelerated development of Azerbaijan’s rural and non-oil economy.

Since its launch in June 2014, ASAP has benefited not only Azerbaijani agribusinesses, but U.S. agribusinesses as well. By introducing American technologies, purchasing U.S. goods and services, engaging American experts, facilitating trips to the U.S. that have led to purchases by Azerbaijani agribusinesses from American companies or the establishment of other types of linkages, agriculture in both countries has benefited from these new ties and exposure. This has included specific work to facilitate increased sales of John Deere equipment in Azerbaijan through capacity-building work of the staff and clients of its distributor in the country, AzTekhnika.

In August 2017, ASAP fielded a U.S. agronomist with extensive experience in cotton and grain crops on a short-term assignment to Azerbaijan. These crops were selected because they are the only ones that AzTekhnika/John Deere serves in Azerbaijan. This is due to the size of equipment that the large-scale production of these crops requires. A U.S. cotton and grain agronomist and the ASAP Agribusiness Advisor worked in the field for two weeks to assess needs, make on-site recommendations, and collect data for a series of technical recommendations to help John Deere and its local distributor better understand and communicate to the local farmers and agribusiness how their machinery and equipment could benefit their operations.

One of the most significant findings from that STTA was the extensive soil and water salinity problem that is present in the cotton and feed grain production areas of Azerbaijan. It is clear that saline irrigation water significantly reduces yields in the affected areas. To date, the problem has not been fully explored or documented and there is no national strategy to mitigate the effects of the problem.

II. OBJECTIVES

o Assist AzTekhnika/John Deere to improve the yields of their customers and potential customers; and

o Assist the Government of Azerbaijan to achieve the goal of developing the non-oil economy of the nation in the agricultural sector.

III. PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

o Review requested reports prior to arrival in Baku;

o Meet with key personnel of ASAP and AzTekhnika/John Deere in Baku upon arrival;

o Travel throughout the affected cotton and feed-grain production areas with ASAP, AzTekhnika/John Deere, and AgroCenter technical representatives;

o Collect such data and samples as are required by the consultant to complete the final report; and

§ Submit a final report to ASAP/AzTekhnika/John Deere that characterizes the salinity problem in these areas and include both a 1) national-level mitigation strategy and 2) a farm level mitigation strategy.

§ John Deere plans to hold a media event with the President or one of his team to formally hand over the Salinity Assessment and Mitigation Strategy upon its completion to the Government of Azerbaijan.

IV. MEETINGS RELATED TO UNDERSTANDING AND PERFORMING THE WORK

In order to fully perform the work specified under this consultancy, the Consultant shall meet with representatives from CNFA, USAID, AzTekhnika/John Deere, the Ministries of Agriculture and Ecology and Natural Resources of Azerbaijan, Azerbaijani private sector cotton production representatives, and cotton faculty from the Azerbaijan State Agricultural University (ASAU) in Ganja, Azerbaijan.

V. DELIVERABLES

o Final report that fully characterizes the soil and water salinity of the defined regions of Azerbaijan

o National mitigation strategy focusing only on the designated cotton and feed-grain production areas

o Farm-level mitigation protocol

VI. PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE

This assignment is proposed to take place over 12 consulting days during a 14-calendar-day period beginning as early as the assignment and candidate are approved by USAID. An Azerbaijani visa will be required.

VII. MANDATORY AND DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

The Consultant must be an experienced Post-Doctoral level research scientist with a PhD in Soil Science and with extensive experience with salinity effects on cotton and feed grains and mitigation techniques at a national and field level under similar soil and water conditions as those found in Azerbaijan, and preferably from Texas A&M University or another institution renowned

for research and education in conditions similar to those that prevail in the cotton-growing areas of Azerbaijan.

Raspberry Consultant

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Background

 

The USAID Agricultural Support to Azerbaijan Project (ASAP) has recently expanded the Berry Value Chain to include Raspberry and Blueberry production. Raspberry production is concentrated in a small area near Ganja in the community of Goygol. The fields are small with an average size of less than 0.25 hectares.

Production levels have steadily declined in recent years and there is concern that gradually warming temperatures are responsible. This may be the case, but there is also evidence of insect and disease pressure that is contributing to the problem.

These growers have received technical assistance from another USAID-funded project, but nevertheless, production practices need to be updated.

In addition, there is significant new interest in blueberry production. This is a new crop for Azerbaijan and there is no technical assistance available in the country. If the consultant is versed in this crop, this topic will be added to the consultancy as well.

Objectives

  • Provide updated technical agronomic support to ASAP staff and raspberry (and blueberry) clients in the field.
  • Include reference materials on updated production and post-harvest handling techniques so that production manuals can be prepared that will be used in training classes and distributed to farmers.
  • Determine the causes of yield reductions that the farmers are experiencing and include corrective measures. 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Meet with ASAP management and technical staff to review current practices.
  • Update staff on the production and post-harvest techniques that will be introduced
  • Travel in the field to meet with growers and to view their fields and practices
  • Provide recommendations to farmers and project staff to improve production quality and quantity

Deliverables

  • Reference material that can be used by ASAP to update production practices that are specific to the condition in Azerbaijan
  • Report with an analysis of the decline in productivity with recommendations to reverse this trend

Qualifications

  • PhD in agronomy, crop sciences, or related field
  • Extensive experience in berry cultivation, including raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries. Experience in strawberries also a plus.
  • Experience in intensive production methods and post-harvest handling
  • Experience conducting STTA for USAID or other donor-funded development projects
  • Experience working with berry growers in the South Caucasus
  • Knowledge of Azerbaijani or other Turkic language or Russian or other Slavic language desirable

Period of Performance and Timing:

 

Approximately 10 consulting days, to be scheduled as soon as possible. The level of effort would include, in addition to eight days in the field, two travel days.