Project Data Sheet

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PDS Creation Date 14 Nov 2006
PDS Updated as of 22 Apr 2010

Project Name Ak Altin Agricultural Development Project
Country Uzbekistan
Project/Program Number 30458-013
Status Closed
Geographical Location Ak Altin Raion and Syr Darya Oblast
In preparing any country program or strategy, financing any project, or by making any designation of, or reference to, a particular territory or geographic area in this document, the Asian Development Bank does not intend to make any judgments as to the legal or other status of any territory or area.
Sector Agriculture, natural resources and rural development
Subsector Agricultural Production and Markets
Strategic Agendas
Drivers of Change
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Categories

Financing

Type/Modality of Assistance Approval Number Source of Funding Approved Amount (thousand)
Loan1833Ordinary Capital Resources36,000
TOTAL US$ 36,000

Safeguard Categories

For more information about the safeguard categories, please see http://www.adb.org/site/safeguards/safeguard-categories

Environment B

Summary of Environmental and Social Issues

The IEE concluded that the Project will have no major adverse environmental impacts since most of the components comprise rehabilitation works. A full environmental impact assessment was, therefore, not required. However, MAWR will need to comply with all applicable environmental requirements in accordance with the Government's regulations to obtain necessary environmental clearances prior to construction, and to undertake environmental monitoring throughout the implementation period, and with ADB's environmental guidelines.

For environmental protection and improvement as well as resources conservation, the Project provides for (i) lowering of the water table and reclamation of saline lands, (ii) adoption of IPM techniques and training of local agronomists in alternate pest control methods and rational use of fertilizers, (iii) improvement of the environmental monitoring capacity through provision of appropriate equipment, and (iv) improvement of irrigation and drainage facilities and adoption of improved water management practices. These measures will have positive environmental impacts in the area.

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation and Consultation

Intensive consultations with farmer beneficiaries were conducted at every step of project preparation. All farmers interviewed expressed their strong support and keen interest in participating in the Project. Recognizing their responsibility in repaying the full investment costs for on-farm rehabilitation, farmers requested close supervision of project implementation by the beneficiary representatives. Accordingly, project implementation arrangements have included the establishment of the RCC, which is expected to be an effective mechanism for project monitoring and conveying farmers' concerns and demands to MAWR and ADB. The MEU to be established under the project will collect baseline information on the nature and incidence of poverty in the Project area, and develop poverty indicators to monitor and evaluate the Project's impacts on poverty reduction. Women representatives will serve in the RCC and actively participate in monitoring, especially the impacts of the Project on women.

During Project Design
During Project Implementation

Description

The objective of the Project is to improve agricultural performance and increase farm income in Ak Altin Rayon, with focus on cotton and wheat production. The sector goal of the Project is to promote agricultural development on a sustainable basis. It is expected that the Project interventions that prove to be successful could be replicated nationwide.

The Project will comprise four components: (i) institutional support, monitoring and evaluation; (ii) rehabilitation of the irrigation and drainage systems; (iii) farm machinery services; and (iv) Project management.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Because of the importance of cotton production in Uzbekistan, declining production in recent years is a matter of concern to the highest level of the Government. The poor performance can be attributed to three basic factors: (i) low producer incentive; (ii) restrictions on farm operations; and (iii) deteriorated production base. The Government fully recognizes these issues. The threat of poor agricultural performance to national efforts for employment generation, poverty reduction, and social stability, has led the Government to search for better mechanisms to promote agricultural development. These include donor-funded pilot projects to demonstrate tangible benefits of policy innovation. The proposed Project is such an effort.

Development Impact

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Towards Outcome

Outputs and Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Status of Development Objectives
Material Changes

Business Opportunities

Date of First Listing 2006 Nov 14
Consulting Services
The Project will provide for 65 person-months of international consultants and 198 person-months of domestic consultants. The consultants will assist the EA in (i) monitoring, evaluation, and design of pilot farms; (ii) carrying out surveys and investigations, preparing and reviewing designs, and supervising construction of on-farm and interfarm irrigation and drainage facilities; and (iii) Project administration. The input of international consultants will be limited to the initial years during which they, in addition to normal work, will provide hands-on training to the domestic consultants and PMO/PSO staff who will then carry out the Project activities independently during the later part of the implementation period.


The consulting services will be provided by international consulting firms in association with domestic consulting firm(s) to be engaged by the MAWR in accordance with Bank Guidelines on the Use of Consultants and other arrangements acceptable to the Bank on the engagement of the domestic consultants.
Procurement
Procurement by the Government under the Project will be largely for machinery, equipment, civil works, and services for the irrigation and drainage rehabilitation, as well as office equipment and materials required for Project implementation and monitoring. All procurement will be undertaken in accordance with the Bank's Guidelines on Procurement. Any equipment and materials procurement contract estimated to cost the equivalent of $500,000 or more shall be awarded on the basis of international competitive bidding (ICB). Contracts costing less than $500,000 will be carried out on the basis of international shopping procedures acceptable to the Bank. Small supply contracts costing less than $50,000 which are unlikely to be of interest to international suppliers, but for which goods are available locally at competitive prices, will be procured using local competitive bidding procedures acceptable to the Bank, or through direct purchase.

Each civil works contract estimated to cost the equivalent of $1.0 million or more will be awarded on the basis of ICB as described in the Bank's Guidelines for Procurement. Civil works packages costing less than $1.0 million will be carried out on the basis of LCB procedures acceptable to the Bank. Minor civil works costing less than $50,000 may be carried out either through direct award of small package contracts or force account works. MAWR will be responsible for supervising all procurement.
Procurement and Consulting Notices
http://www.adb.org/projects/30458-013/business-opportunities

Timetable

Concept Clearance
Fact-finding 30 Oct 1998 to 11 Dec 1998
Management Review Meeting 05 Dec 1999
Approval 23 Aug 2001
Last Review Mission

Milestones

Approval No. Approval Signing Effectivity Closing
Original Revised Actual
Loan 1833 23 Aug 2001 30 Jan 2002 19 Apr 2002 31 Mar 2007 30 Mar 2009 12 Jul 2010

Utilization

Date Approval Number ADB (US$ thousand) Others (US$ thousand) Net Percentage
Cumulative Contract Awards
30 Sep 2014 Loan 1833 20,427 0 81.00%
Cumulative Disbursements
30 Sep 2014 Loan 1833 25,209 0 100.00%

Status of Covenants

Covenants are categorized under the following categories—audited accounts, safeguards, social, sector, financial, economic, and others. Covenant compliance is rated by category by applying the following criteria: (i) Satisfactory—all covenants in the category are being complied with, with a maximum of one exception allowed, (ii) Partly Satisfactory—a maximum of two covenants in the category are not being complied with, (iii) Unsatisfactory—three or more covenants in the category are not being complied with. As per the 2011 Public Communications Policy, covenant compliance ratings for Project Financial Statements apply only to projects whose invitation for negotiation falls after 2 April 2012.

Approval No. Category
Sector Social Financial Economic Others Safeguards Project Financial Statements
Loan 1833

Contacts and Update Details

Responsible ADB Officer Ryutaro Takaku (rtakaku@adb.org)
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Divisions CWAE
Executing Agencies Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources
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Links

Project Website http://www.adb.org/projects/30458-013/main
List of Project Documents http://www.adb.org/projects/30458-013/documents