Project Data Sheet

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PDS Creation Date 11 Jul 2013
PDS Updated as of 30 Jul 2014

Project Name Horticulture Cold Chain Project
Borrower/Equity Investment Name CHAMPION AGRO LIMITED
Country India
Project/Program Number 46943-014
Status Approved
Geographical Location Gujarat
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

Project Sponsor



Type/Modality of Assistance Approval Number Source of Funding Approved Amount (thousand)
PS7389LIBOR Based Loan
(Documents under Negotiations)
TOTAL USD 561,189

Summary of Environmental and Social Issues

In compliance with ADB s Safeguard Policy Statement (2009), the project is classified category B for environment and category C for both involuntary resettlement and indigenous peoples. The potential environmental and social impacts of the project have been identified and effective measures to avoid, minimize, mitigate, and compensate for the adverse impacts are incorporated in the safeguards reports and plans. Potential impacts are limited to wastewater and solid waste generation, noise, odor, occupational health and safety, and community safety; and such impacts can be prevented and mitigated using tested and proven measures. The facilities will be operated in accordance with the provisions of the Food Safety Act, 2012. The facilities will also adopt pollution prevention including energy efficient measures and occupational health and safety practices. The initial environmental examination addresses all potential environmental impacts and specifies adequate mitigation measures in accordance with the relevant World Bank Group guidelines for food and beverage processing. Information disclosure and consultations with affected people are conducted in accordance with ADB requirements. The institutional capacity and commitment of Champion Agro to manage the project s social and environmental impacts are deemed adequate. A corporate audit conducted on Champion Agro s current operations indicate that while its existing facilities operations are not pollution-intensive, some measures are needed to improve the management of agricultural waste residues and treatment of generated wash water. Champion Agro has committed to adopt an ESMS including a corrective action plan before ADB s first disbursement. Champion Agro has also committed to step up its institutional capability, engage a consultant at the initial stage to implement its ESMS, train its own staff to implement the ESMS agreed on with ADB, and submit annual monitoring reports to ADB. ADB will ensure that the investment documentation includes provisions requiring Champion Agro to comply with national labor laws and to take specific measures (including in relation to contractors) in line with internationally recognized core labor standards for the ADB-financed portion of the project, in compliance with ADB s Social Protection Strategy. No specific gender measure is integrated into project design, so it is classified as no gender elements. However, the project does not cause any specific cultural or social impacts or exclude any socioeconomic group, including women.

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation and Consultation


Horticulture Cold Chain Project1

Objectives and Scope

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Under the draft Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) for India (2013-2017), agribusiness is one of the sectors to be supported by ADB s nonsovereign operations: ADB's private sector operations will explore new investments in agribusiness to support the government s strategy of developing integrated value chains for high-value segments of agriculture and linking small farmers with markets . The draft CPS also insists on the critical need to improve agribusiness infrastructure to reduce post-harvest losses and increase value-adding processing through the aggregation of horticulture produce, post-harvest (e.g. grading, sorting and packaging), storage, and market facilities in a more integrated manner employing an integrated value chain approach . The project is fully aligned with ADB s agriculture sector strategy. In particular, the Operational Plan for Sustainable Food Security (2009) recommends an expanded partnership with the private sector in order to attract more direct investments in productivity enhancement, agro-processing, agro-retailing and other nonfarm rural business. The project also addresses the operational plan s objective of increasing synergy and value addition in the backward and forward linkages along the food and agriculture value chain. Improved linkages along the value chain enhance productivity, employment opportunities, exports and regional trade, but also food security for the poor in both rural and urban areas.

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
Consulting Services
Procurement and Consulting Notices


Concept Clearance 11 Sep 2012
Management Review Meeting 11 Jul 2013
Approval 23 Aug 2013
Last Review Mission 17 Sep 2012 to 19 Sep 2012


Approval No. Approval Signing Effectivity Closing
Original Revised Actual

Contacts and Update Details

Responsible ADB Officer Martin Lemoine (
Responsible ADB Department Private Sector Operations Department
Responsible ADB Divisions Infrastructure Finance Division 1
Executing Agencies


Project Website
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