Uzbekistan: Amu Zang Irrigation Rehabilitation Project (formerly Amu Zang Water Resources Management Project)

Sovereign Project | 30500-013

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Project Name Amu Zang Irrigation Rehabilitation Project (formerly Amu Zang Water Resources Management Project)
Project Number 30500-013
Country Uzbekistan
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 2069-UZB: Amu Zang Irrigation Rehabilitation Project (formerly Amu Zang Water Resources Management Project)
Ordinary capital resources US$ 73.20 million
TA 4302-UZB: Support to Policy and Institutional Reforms in Water Sectors (Piggy-backed to Loan 30500-01 - Amu Zhang)
Japan Special Fund US$ 500,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change
Sector / Subsector Agriculture, natural resources and rural development - Irrigation - Rural water policy, institutional and capacity development
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description

The Project goal is to maintain and improve agricultural productivity and farm income on a sustained basis. The Project purposes are to: (i) increase the reliability, efficiency and sustainability of irrigation water supply of Amu Zang irrigation system; and (ii) facilitate and accelerate the ongoing agriculture sector reforms in the Project area.

The Project has the following components: (i) rehabilitation of the Amu Zang irrigation system; (ii) support to improve irrigation management; (iii) support to private farm development; and (iv) project management, monitoring and evaluation. The Project will also facilitate the ongoing policy and institutional reforms by promoting an alternative procurement quota systems for cotton and grain and introducing water delivery fees in the Project area; and by assisting the Goverment to develop the national cost recovery policy and improve the operational guidelines for water users' association development.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Some 400,000 people live in the five rayons covered by Amu Zang irrigation system; 88% of them reside in the rural areas, compared to the national average of 64%. The population within the Project area depends primarily on irrigated agriculture for their livelihoods, since the industry and service sectors are less developed than in other parts of Uzbekistan. The poverty incidence in Amu Zang area is estimated to be 31.4% compared to the national average of 27.5%.

The Amu Zang irrigation system was built in 1973 and is at the end of its useful life. The reliability and capacity of the aging pumping cascade significantly declined; high sediment levels in the pumped water damage pumping equipment and deposit a large amount of sediment in canals and drains reducing their capacities and increasing the O&M costs. Due to deteriorated canals' conditions and high level of seepage, only about 50% of the water reach farmers' fields. Unless major overhaul is provided, some of the key components of the main system could collapse in less than five years.

Direct dependence of large number of rural population on rapidly deteriorating Amu Zang irrigation system without much alternative employment opportunities in the area makes them extremely vulnerable to potential slippery into poverty. Negative environmental impacts of sudden decommissioning of large-scale irrigation would also be significant, as it is likely to exacerbate land degradation.

Besides providing the rehabilitation that is urgently needed for the sustained livelihood of the large population, the proposed Project offers valuable opportunities for ADB to help the Goverment address the important reform issues such as strengthening irrigation and water management, formulating and implementing of an irrigation cost recovery policy and further expanding the agreed agriculture reform initiatives to a larger scale.

ADB's operations in Uzbekistan are guided by the Country Strategy and Program (CSP) of March 2006in which the agriculture and rural development has been recognized as the key sector for ADB's assistance. ADB's Water Policy promotes, among other things, basin management principles, development and strengthening of the capacities of national water management institutions and WUAs as well as the development of sustainable O&M policies through the introduction of water delivery fees and greater participation of beneficiaries in maintaining and managing basic irrigation infrastructure. Since, the proposed Project aims to assist the Government in implementing its recent reform initiatives in irrigation sector.

Impact Improved agricultural productivity and farm income on a sustained basis.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Amu-Zang Irrigation System provides reliable, efficient and sustainable water supply for irrigated agriculture.
Progress Toward Outcome The Amu Zang Irrigation System was rehabilitated to provide reliable, efficient and sustainable water supply for 96,800 hectares of agricultural land.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Rehabilitated Amu Zang irrigation system is operational

Government applies improved water management capacity and implements policy and institutional reforms

Private farms use improved access to key agricultural inputs, modern water-saving and soil improvement technologies

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

Rehabilitation of Amu Zang Irrigation System: Contracts for construction of sediment basin, supply of dredgers, rehabilitation of three pump stations, rehabilitation of workshop building, and supply of workshop equipment have been completed.

Support to Improve Irrigation Management: Seven WUAs were established and provided with office equipment, furniture, O&M equipment, and agricultural inputs; and their offices rehabilitated. Demonstration plots were established in each WUA.

Support to Private Farm Development: Seven demonstration plots were selected for wheat and cotton planting. Soil samples were collected and analyzed, soils were tilled with deep rippers, and various crop and fertilizer combinations were tested. Significant improvements in yield were recorded. Rehabilitation of on-farm I&D systems in pilot WUAs completed successfully. Agricultural Service Centers were established in each of five project districts.

Geographical Location Uzbekistan,Surkhandarya Province
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects The project falls under category B for environment. An Initial environmental examination (IEE) was undertaken. The Project will have significant positive environmental impact. The new sediment control facility will reduce by 50% the sediments entering the system by 50% and the rehabilitated main canals and control structures will reduce water losses and infiltration and improve water availability. Improvements to the drainage system will reduce waterlogging and soil salinity. The project rehabilitation works concentrated around the existing large pumping stations and the contractors used the existing buildings. The contractors are also complied with national health, safety, and hygiene requirements, and technical operations are carried out according to the standard Government procedures for the appropriate disposal of waste, minimization of nuisances during construction, and proper aftercare of the construction sites. In accordance with recommendations of the IEE, M&E unit was established in the PMO to devise a monitoring system, select key indicators, and monitor the project impacts.
Involuntary Resettlement Project has no Involuntary Resettlement issues.
Indigenous Peoples Access to irrigation water of Termez district, where most of the poor indigenous people reside, is ensured. Project monitoring and evaluation indicators ensure ethnic considerations are taken into account.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The senior staff and experts of MAWR were closely involved in preparing the feasibility study. All key government agencies and ministries including Cabinet of Minsiters, Ministry of Finance, and Ministry of Economy were consulted frequently during project design. The province and distrct authorities in Surkhandarya and the direct project beneficiaries were also closely consulted.
During Project Implementation A consultation process is ongoing with all stakeholders during the course of Project implementation to ensure increasing realiabilty, efficiency, and sustainability of water supply; and to facilitate and accelerate ongoing agriculture sector reforms in the project area.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services A total of 156 person-months of international and 767 person-months of domestic consulting services to assist the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources in project management, preparation of designs and bidding documents, award of contracts, construction supervision and monitoring and evaluation. The consultants will be engaged as a firm in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants using the quality-and-cost-based selection method, while the domestic consultants will be selected and engaged in accordance with arrangements satisfactory to ADB.
Procurement All machinery, equipment and civil works for rehabilitating the system; plus vehicles, office equipment, and materials required for project implementation and monitoring will be procured in accordance with ADB's Guidelines for Procurement.
Responsible ADB Officer Tal'at Nasirov
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Uzbekistan Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Agriculture and Water ResourcesMr. Soatmurat Juraevamu-zang@sks.uz1, U. Yusupov Street, Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding 08 Aug 2003 to 29 Aug 2003
MRM 13 Oct 2003
Approval 19 Dec 2003
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 16 Feb 2007
Last PDS Update 25 Sep 2014

Loan 2069-UZB

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
19 Dec 2003 02 Nov 2004 16 Nov 2004 30 Sep 2009 31 Dec 2013 03 Jul 2014
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 110.20 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 73.20 19 Dec 2003 73.20 0.00 100%
Counterpart 37.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 19 Dec 2003 73.20 0.00 100%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory - - Satisfactory

TA 4302-UZB

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
19 Dec 2003 06 Apr 2004 06 Apr 2004 30 Jun 2005 31 Jul 2007 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
500,000.00 0.00 240,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 740,000.00 19 Dec 2003 283,289.43
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory - - Satisfactory
Title Document Type Document Date
Amu Zang Irrigation Rehabilitation Project: Project Completion Report Project/Program Completion Reports Jun 2015
Support to Policy and Institutional Reforms in the Water Sector TA Completion Reports Sep 2008
Support to Policy and Institutional Reforms in Water Sectors Consultants' Reports Aug 2007
Amu Zhang Irrigation Rehabilitation Project Reports and Recommendations of the President Nov 2003

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