A total of 113 cooperatives are surveyed and 19 of them (including women cooperatives) selected for intervention.
Under one package the below provinces were identified as possible locations:
1. Kabul, Paktia and Nangarhar
2. Kunduz and Mazar
3. Herat and Kandahar
Training will be conducted once facilities are constructed and operational.
The rapid assessment methodology was developed in May 2012 to conduct the surveys in seven ecological zones.
Based on the methodology 3-4 districts of each province which has potential for establishment of the centers were surveyed. The assessment in seven provinces was completed in October 2012 and the consultant, based on the assessment provided the first draft of the FLCC design report in late December 2012.
The Design of the FLCCs was enhanced by the comments and advice of the MAIL line departments regarding grades and standards and suitability of the design. The FLCC designs were finalized in April 2013; BER was submitted to ADB for review and approval. No objection on award has been granted, with contract being awarded. The selection of the sites was initiated based on the centers' requirement and the transfer process initiated from Kabul province. Land for all 19 centers has been officially transferred and handed over to the contractor for establishment of the FLCCs. Progress is advanced after mobilization in December 2014, the current progress of the package is estimated at 40%.
During the MTR, MOCI had observed the legal status of the nuts and raisin institute and after several discussions MOCI has officially notified MAIL on 5 March 2013 that they agreed to the utilization of the funds through MAIL Quality Control Labs.
MoF notified ADB regarding the changes and ADB has further clarifications and is awaiting response from MAIL. During the recent PSC meeting it was also agreed that the lab equipment and upgrading has to be removed from scope of work of AMIP project. MAIL official request for removal of said activities has been sent to ADB which is under review.
PMO has been established and is already functioning.
Quarterly and Annual progress reports have been submitted.
Submission of project EMP delayed due to unavailability of the National Environmental Expert. Work resumed completing the report and the first draft was submitted to ADB in May 2013.
The revised versions of EMR and EMP have been sent by end of Jan 2014 to ADB and both of them were accepted, currently progress is ongoing on planned reports of the year.
The Project Monitoring Plan was submitted to ADB in May 2013, and has been kept updated
Consultant contract was signed on 21 Dec 2011.
S.Hs Contract was signed on 24 Sep 2011.
FLCC contract was signed on 29 October 2014.
Selection criteria have been adopted and a full package of designs was submitted to ADB in May 2013.
The Invitation for bids was advertised on 28 Aug 2013. The BER is being reviewed, PRS finalized with ADB no objection granted. The contract being awarded with good rate or progress.
Once the facilities are constructed the step toward training will be taken. Training manual and methodology have been developed. Some of the training sessions will be conducted before completion of construction work.
Project has provided technical support to ANSA and MAIL on the development and adoption of the standards, up to now 6 standards for the sensitive products (Almond, Pomegranate, shelled pistachio, unshelled, fresh and dried apricot) have been developed, after technical review by technical committee of ANSA sent to supreme council and have been accepted by said council as national standards. Two other standards (Hallal and meat cuts standards) are under review by ANSA and expected to be approved and accepted as national standard within Q2 2015.
Target is feasible; Project has developed SPS policy which is under review for further improvement. Other donors are also supporting this. MAIL proposed to recruit individual consultants to continue providing inputs with has been supported and approved by ADB.
After some delays in decision-making on the legal status of the MoCI Labs, and after completion of the ADB NOL for the change, the individual consultant will be mobilized to initiate works for supporting the MAIL Quality Control Labs. During the PSC meeting it was also agreed that the lab equipment and upgrading sub- activities have to be removed from scope of work of AMIP project. MAIL official request for removal of said activities has been sent to ADB for review and acceptance.
Work is ongoing with Q4 2014 progress being very slow mainly due to financial problem, current completion date of the package has been extended due to inability of the contractor to complete the works, where a detailed assessment of additional funds that has been requested by contractor is under review of MAIL technical team and will be reported soon.
In Q2 and Q3 2014 the work progress somewhat improved, particularly in Reshkhor site (75% of civil work completed and 50% of machineries have been installed). It is also worth mentioning that more than 75% of machinery for five sites have been delivered. While Q4 2014 had significantly delays in works and mainly due to financial problem of the contractor.
PMO/MAIL is providing all the support in order to complete construction of the slaughterhouses and monitoring the progress of the contractor to ensure that anticipated works to be completed as per revised assessed scheduled and to remove any barrier towards implementation of the contract. The main reason for slow work progress is contractors financial status. MAIL also received request from Dogus Makina asking for increment in contract price. The request is under review.
Once MAIL technical team assess the request a revised work schedule to be produced where the firm implementation period to be determined.
Methodology and procedures for management of the contract have been prepared. The plan is that before the completion of construction of slaughterhouses, the actions will be undertaken.
The Operation & Management and Public-Private-Partnership experts have made progress towards development of the S.Hs operational manual, management modality, and compliance with the health and hygiene standards. The PPP Expert explored the legal bases to conduct the anticipated bidding process and also developed a template for the protocol between MAIL and the Operator(s). There is no PPP policy on government level to serve as basis for the preparation of the SH PPP methodology. Project team advised MAIL management that PPP policy has to be developed, otherwise we will not be able to complete it. In order to further provide support and finalize the project PPP activities, international individual consultant recruitment is ongoing which to be on board by Q1 2015.
A market survey questionnaire has been developed and survey conducted and collected data and information on the existing practices of meat value chain.
It is anticipated that before completion of the S.Hs contract, the prospective operator(s) will receive training on the use of the S.Hs by both the S.Hs contractor and Consultant.
Work progress has been slow. The contractor was not able to complete works by November 2014. The PSC was conducted on 20th of August 2014 and the extension of contract was agreed by the members of the committee and has been granted at the moment, while evaluation of the cost increment and firm period of remaining activities completion to be considered after MAIL's technical team review/assessment is done.
Work progress has been slow; the contractor was not able to complete the works by November 2014.