Completed. To date, 54,993 biogas-users that constructed biogas units, have received training from the project.
30,461 households have been technically accepted and received financial assistance. The BPMU and PPMUs have conducted 2,178 various training courses for 63,336 participants, among who include managers, technicians, builders, and biogas works users. Female participants accounted for 29.9%. Households were trained on the safe construction, operation, and maintenance of biogas digesters.
During implementation, the Project realized that the locations of SAZ models for crops are not necessarily compatible with where livestock farms are situated. Application of bio-slurry to crop production at the identified SAZ models is also not straightforward due to complicated logistic arrangements in safely transporting the bio-slurry and the corresponding costs required. The Project supported the household level biogas digester construction only. A possible linkage between SAZ and medium to large biogas digesters can be assessed under the LCASP. Therefore, the ADB Review Mission agreed to drop this indicator.
Pilot demonstration of 40 medium and 10 large biogas digesters is included in the ADB financed Low Carbon Agriculture Support Project (LCASP). Preliminary discussions have been made in carrying out a market study to assess the demand for medium- and large-scale biogas plants in the five provinces that overlap with Loan 2968-VIE: Low Carbon Agriculture Support Project. The terms of reference for that study have been developed and are under ADB's review. To avoid overlapping, the Mission agreed with the CPMU to remove this indicator from the Project targets.
Pilot demonstration of 40 medium and 10 large biogas digesters is included in the ADB financed Low Carbon Agriculture Support Project (LCASP). A market study to assess the demand for medium- and large-scale biogas plants in the five provinces that overlap with Loan 2968-VIE: Low Carbon Agriculture Support Project has been conducted under Loan 2968. To avoid overlapping, the Mission agreed with the CPMU to remove this indicator from the Project targets.
The CPMU reported that 14,256 HHs received loans from VBARD (5,619) and CoopBank (8,637). ADB has disbursed a total of $11.27 million to finance biogas credit issued to HHs (92.5% of the loan allocation); approximately $1.4 million of this amount as outstanding advances to the FIs' imprest accounts. It is estimated that approximately $1.2 million will not be disbursed and will be returned to ADB.
993 staff in relevant agencies under MARD and DARDs departments are trained in food safety and quality certification system; 35.5% of whom are women.
Review on 24 existing decrees, policies, and strategies for ensuring safe and quality agro-products in Vietnam is completed.
Fourteen(14) regulatory documents on food safety (including technical regulations and standards) have been issued.
On June 2010, MARD issued a decision to establish a steering committee to apply VietGAP in producing vegetable, tea, and fruit under the chairmanship of Vice Minister Bui Ba Bong.
Units for food safety control have been established in NAFIQAD, DCP, and in each DARD of the 16 participating provinces.
Based on the guideline on pilot implementation of the crop food safety management system (CFSMS) developed by IPMU, 14 provinces are monitoring and reporting on food safety from their respective crop production through a provincial food safety index (PFSI) established under the Project.
23 certification agencies have been accredited for safe vegetables, fruits, and tea to operate nationwide.
Two national GAP standards and two technical regulations related to conditions for safe production and primary processing of fresh vegetables, fruits, and tea products have been issued.
Based on the approved SAZ planning schemes, 95 production locations under the schemes have been selected for investment in infrastructure and equipment for safe agricultural production. Completed and ongoing investments cover a combined area of 3,100 hectares. Infrastructure and equipment upgrades include among others; market access roads, access to electricity and safe water, waste disposal and packing/primary processing facilities, and suitable marketing infrastructure.
Certification services carried out by the Project for producers of vegetable, fruits and tea have been provided to 26,570 household-based producers.
307,101 participants have benefitted from training on GAP food safety system management and certification. 36.2% of participants trained are women.
A total of 95 SAZ models have been identified based on the soil and water quality testing to suit the crop production requirements. Civil works contracts to carry out these investments are at various stages of implementation.
The Safe Agricultural Zone (SAZ) planning schemes identified under the Project cover a total area of 182,510 hectares (ha) across all 16 participating provinces, accounting for 80.4% of the total agriculture area for tea, fruits and vegetables being targeted by the Project.
This project intervention was carried out in 10 of the 16 project provinces that produced tea and fruit; and covers a combined area of 15,230 ha. These expected outputs accounts for approximately 19% of the total area of tea and fruit production in need of new varieties (78,959 ha). Based on the updated indicator for this target (i.e., 14,000 ha), the activity is assessed to have been completed.
To effectively monitor, analyze, and certify agriculture products, the Project upgraded key regional laboratories with new laboratory equipment. Six laboratories were re-equipped and included those under the Department of Crop Production (1), Department of Plant Protection (1), and the National Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Quality Assurance Department (NAFIQAD) (3); which are spread across Viet Nam's northern, central and southern regions.
The Project M&E Consultants has been contracted and mobilized. They are tasked to assist the CPMU and other project implementation units with strengthening of the M&E system for the whole project, and at the same time perform baseline survey and assessment activities for preparing regular and monitoring reports as well as an end-of-project report (project completion report).