Anhui Component completed consultant recruitement process and conducted contract negotation on 22-23 November 2011. ADB signed the contract on behalf of the EA on 29 Novemeber 2011. Notice to Proceed was issued by the EA on 26 December 2011. Consultants were fielded on 10 January 2012.
Anhui component held mobilization/inception workshop on 29 February 2012. The interim report was submitted in October 2012 and approved by the EA and ADB in November 2012. The draft final report including executive summary is expected by mid-January 2013. The TA midterm review mission was fielded to Anhui on 24-26 January 2013. The TA final report review workshop was held on 25 September 2013. The final TA report bilingually was approved by EA in January and published in April 2014. Anhui component was completed by end of April 2014.
Hubei Component completed consultant recruitement process and conducted contract negotation on 2 December 2011. Notice to Proceed was issued by the EA in December 2011.
Hubei component conpleted the design of the website and is developing the program. Hubei component also completed a survey on the needs of farmers and suppliers of agrcultral production materials. The implementation of this component is on track.
Hubei component held the inception workshop on 15-16 February 2012, and completed two batches of equipment procurement. Hubei Component is progressing well and plans to (i) involve international experts in reviewing the computer program; (ii) strengthen the functions of contract-farming and rural financing; (iii) internal-test the computer program; and (iv) pilot the network platform. 1-year extension for the TA was endorsed to ensure quality TA outputs.
IT system acceptance check-up and dissemination meeting was held in Hubei on 26-28 March 2014. During the midterm review workshop on 2 July 2014, the EA requested to extend the TA by another 9 months until June 2015, which was approved by ADB afterwords. This extension allows the EA and the consultants to (i) complete the pilot-testing in villages, (ii) prepare the platform for rolling out across the Hubei province, (iii) train trainers to help farmers in the pilot villages, and (iv)refine the policy recommendations on improving the provision of agricultural technical support services to farmers.
The EA conducted a training to farmer representatives for the IT platform. The draft final report was under review by ADB and EA. The TA will be closed on 31 October 2015 as scheduled.