Completed. The Government issued Resolution No PP-698 of 26 Sep 2007 to reduce the quota to 25% for cotton and wheat. Criterion for assessment of land productivity is soil bonitet point, identified by 100-point scale within certain land plot in a farm. It is based on soil texture, soil humus content, degree of soil salinity, soil density, stone and gypsum content, gravel layer and groundwater table depth and other indices of soil conditions. Soil bonitet points are identified by departments of the State land cadastre committee (Goskomzemgeodezkadastr) based on results of soil survey, which in turn are the basis for estimation of cadastral crop yields. Cadastral cotton and wheat yields are calculated on the basis of 0.4 and 0.6 center/ha for one soil bonitet point.
By the end of 2014, difference between domestic listed price for cotton and international one was decreased by 15,3% as compared with prices in 2007. Thus, if in 2007, difference in prices was 41,4%, in 2014, it was decreased to 26,1%.
Crop husbandry technologies for sustainable land and water resources management were introduced on land area of 245,4 ha. This work was commenced in 2013. Around 3-4 years will be required to achieve general results in agriculture. (Source: MAWR)
Based on efficiency of these measures and interest from private farms these crop husbandry technologies will be introduced on larger scale.
In total 57 training sessions on various topics have been conducted under the Project. Total number of participants is 2,157 persons.
32 training sessions with the total number of participants of 559 persons have been conducted under GEF component.
RRA has conducted 25 trainings with the total number of participants of 1,598 persons.
introduction of crop rotation in Project area allowed increasing land area under alternative crops up to 21,601ha. including 9,033ha in Bukhara province, 4,184ha in Navoi province and 8,384ha in Kashkadarya province. (Source: MAWR)
Rehabilitation of primary and inter-farm drainage systems with the total length of 1,441.8 km is planned under the Project (government new feasibility study). As of 15 March 2015, length of actually rehabilitated drainage collectors is 1,422.642km.
Rehabilitation/construction of 489 structures on collectors and canals is planned under the Project. As of 15 March 2015, number of actually rehabilitated/constructed structures is 492, or 100.6%.
Planned volumes of water supply to the Project area was 3,553.5 mln. m3. Limit of water supply was 2,825.4 mln. m3. Actually delivered water volume was 2,621.7 mln. m3, or 92.8%.
Currently there are 47 WUAs within the Project area with total land area of 98,672 ha.
17 WUAs in Bukhara province with the total land area of 27,291ha, 9 WUAs in Kashkadarya province with the total land area of 25,081ha, and 21 WUAs in Navoi province with the total land area of 46,300ha.
Currently WUA as a new institution still has its problems and shortcomings. The main shortcomings are: turnover of employees, lack of material and technical base, weak financial position due to poor collection of WUA service fees. There is a formal attitude to preparation of business plan and its approval on general assembly. However, there are some positive trends; for example, gradual improvement of WUA creditability amongst farmers. Farmers are beginning to understand that WUA is a key organization not only in water distribution but also in ensuring proper operation of on-farm I&D systems.
Based on the discussions with BISA/ISA, WCA, DAWR after the rehabilitation of Demo-farm Areas the irrigation efficiency is distinctly increased and assumed up to 55-60%. Similarly, after the rehabilitation of on-farm irrigation area (61,458ha) it is likely to increase the irrigation efficiency in all planned on-farm area up to 55 -60 percent.
Based on data from interim certification of completed works, land area with medium salinity has decreased to 13,170 h .
Rehabilitation of primary and inter-farm collectors 1422.642 km is completed. Based on data from provincial HGMEs, land area with poor drainage has decreased to 55,680 ha.
Loan Consultant and Project Management Office monitored Project implementation, as well as project impact indicators, such as:
-Procurement and contract administration & management: number of contracts awarded, completed,
-Institutional strengthening/capacity building: trainings, equipment provided
- progress of construction works with quantity, quality & cost (length of rehabilitated collectors, number of rehabilitated/constructed structures, completed earthwork quantities, overall qualities);
- Change in crop yields in Project area;
- Change in land salinity degree in Project area;
-change in environmental quality,
- Implementation of Gender Actions Plan.