LS-Second Pvt. Sector Competitiveness - P144933
Private Sector Competitiveness & Economic Diversification Project | Published December 17, 2014 - Deadline January 12, 2015
Technical Advisor For Establishment Of Nurseries
Government of Lesotho
PrivateSector Competitiveness and economicdiversification Project- phase ii
REQUEST FOR CURRICULUM VITAES
TECHNICALADVISOR FOR ESTABLISHMENT OF FRUIT TREE NURSERIES IN LESOTHO
TheGovernment of Lesotho (GOL) is committed to fight poverty, accelerateeconomicgrowth and improve the welfare of the Basotho. In 2002 Government formulated its broadNational Development Goals toguide national planning and overall development agenda of the country. The National Vision 2020 was launched in2004, which provides the overall framework that defines the aspirations of thepeople. The 2005-2008 Poverty ReductionStrategy (PRSP) attempted to translate the broad goals into actions which wouldenable the economy to develop rapidly, and poor people to be the mainbeneficiaries of growth. One of the four building blocks or pillars of the PRSPis private sector development (PSD), which when implemented would lead toequitable economic growth and rapid employment creation. The NationalStrategicDevelopment Plan (NSDP) 2012/13 ? 2016/17 builds upon the PRSP. Similarly, theNSDP embraces increased private sector participation in the economy, withspecific emphasis on improved business environment; support for productivesector to diversify the economy; and greater participation of MSMEs in theformal economy.
Toimplement PRSP 2005-2008, in 2007, the Government implemented Phase Iof thePrivate Sector Competitiveness Project (PSCP) with support from the World Bank.The key objective of the project was to increase private sector participationin the economy by increasing its productivity and competitiveness. This goalwas achieved by improving the business environment and reducing the costs ofdoing business; strengthening the linkages with the regional economy,especially with South Africa; strengthening institutional support foremployable skills and business management; and improving productivityat thefirm level.
PhaseI of the Private Sector Competitiveness and Economic Diversification Project(PSCEDP) closed on 30th June, 2013. However, the Government ofLesotho is continuing to support the private sector by building upon thesuccesses of the first project by implementing phase II of the project.
To strengthenprivate sector growth and development by increasing its productivity andcompetitiveness, the Government requested the World Bank to prepare the second PSCEDPwhich includes a component relating to the development and diversification ofthe Horticultural Sector. TheHorticulture sub-component of the PSC Project focuses on adding valueandestablishing regional and international market linkages for tree crops such asapples, cherries, plums, blue berries, peaches and apricots.
The Government ofLesotho is already implementing several horticulture pilot projects, which willnow be used as research and development stations for in-depth studiesto testnew varieties and new technologies regarding fruit tree husbandry. The project isalready rolling out the initiative on 11ha site cultivated with fruittrees atMahobong and a further three sites have been identified for expansionduringPhase II of the project.
To furtherstrengthen the horticultural sector growth and expansion in Lesotho, the PSCEDPhas identified a need for establishment of fruit tree nurseries that will serveas source of pure tree seedling plant material for future expansions inLesotho. The PSCEDP therefore requires services of a fruit tree nursery expertto facilitate and guide the process of establishing production fruit treenurseries in Lesotho.
2.0 OBJECTIVE OF THE ASSIGNMENT
Theobjective of the assignment is to engage an expert to facilitate the establishmentof fruit tree nurseries in Lesotho,specifically on development of resistant rootstocks for both pome (apples &pears) and stone fruit (peaches, plums, apricots), as well as, maintenance ofmother blocks for proper selection and screening of desirable scions forpropagation.
It iscurrently envisaged that a network of nurseries will be established through atleast two methods:
(i) the formation ofvillage associations intarget areas where suitable fruit tree development has been identified; and
(ii)Throughexisting individual nursery operators (both formal and informal). It isanticipated that technical support would be delivered through associations withthe objective of transforming the associations into a corporate entity where bythe end of the project such nurseries will operate as a private business. For individual nursery operators, a differentset of support activities will need to be defined so that they will align withthe mandates and limitations of the project.Thenurseries will be structured and capacity built so that they will adhere tointernational standards and be in compliance with the Global Gap standards, ISOsand Plant Phytosanitary protocols within the SADC region. The nurseries willalso be required to be compliant with International Germplasm collectionprotocols as set out by Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) andInternational Board for Plant Genetic Resources (IBPGR).
3.0 MAIN TASKS
Reporting directlyto the Project Manager, the expert will be responsible for the following:
Given thesuitability map for fruit tree crops, estimate the maximum land area availablefor fruit tree production
Based on findingsfrom 'a' above, estimate the maximum possible demand for fruit tree seedling(define tree density per ha used for calculating demand)
Given the maximumdemand identified in 'b' above, discount the demand by 50% and estimate thescale of nursery(s) required to meet this demand.
Work withstakeholders to develop a criteria and packages for supporting interestedfarmers. Two discrete packages will needto be defined, first for farmer associations (grouping of farmers); and thesecond for individuals with existing nursery operations.
Undertake a baselineassessment of existing nurseries in Lesotho including their performance. Assessgrowth rate, plant health, access toroad and water, availability of subsidiary structures. Identify key challengesregarding nurserymanagement and quality of seedlings.
Identifyseedsourcing options and possible cost implications for royalty payments
Define seed handlingand management practice of germination beds
Develop criteria forselection of sites for nursery developments
Recommendation onnursery design and construction
Draftguidelines on basic principles on developing production fruit tree nurseries inLesotho
Define planning andrecord keeping requirements
Draft soil andsubstrate management plan for developing trees
Developbasic guidelines on handling and nurturing mother stock to increase efficacy
Developclear and sound guidelines on fertilizer and irrigation scheduling for treeseedlings
Define and formulateadherent guidelines on chemical program for young trees
Defineproper waste and pollution management under nursery environment
Instructions on howto identify pathogens under production nurseries
Develop workerhygiene, safety and welfare standards
Developclearprotocols for detecting pathogens in a nursery establishment and align theprotocols and manuals on nursery establishment to the National Biosafety policyfor Lesotho (2000); Biosafety Bill (2007), Lesotho Phytosanitary guidelines(ARD); Draft Lesotho Seed policy2010;2012)
Developand implement training manuals and training plans for participating farmers andthe nursery staff in the Ministry of Forestry and Land Reclamation
FacilitateGlobal Gap certification for at least three (3) nurseries.
The consultant will be required to deliver a comprehensive reportcovering each issue raised in Section 3 above, accompanied by a hands-onvisually oriented training manual and plans for nursery operators andMinistrystaff. In addition, by the end of thecontract period, the consultant will be required to have three certifiednurseries in operation.
The expert should possess a minimum of Bachelor's Degree in Forestrywith a strong inclination toward nursery management; or horticulture withspecialization in nursery tree production or any other related field.
Interestedindividuals should have a minimum of 10 years practical experience working withfruit tree nurseries
Experienceworking in SADC region or in Lesotho on development of new productionnurserieswould be an added advantage.
Theabove-mentioned assignment isexpected to be done over a period of 12 months
TheGovernment of Lesotho nowinviteseligible Individual Consultants to indicate their interest in providing theservices by submitting an application letter and detailed curriculum vitae.
Candidateswill be selected in accordance with the procedures set out in the currentedition of the World Bank's Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultantsby World Bank Borrowers.
Interestedcandidates must deliver their application letter and Curriculum Vitaeto theaddress below by 12th January,2015.
Electronicsubmissions of application letters and detailed curriculum vitae (using asingle pdf or other protected file) are also encouraged and applicants shouldinclude as the subject message "TECHNICAL ADVISOR FOR ESTABLISHMENT OFNURSERIES" and should be sent to email@example.com with a copy firstname.lastname@example.org.
Only shortlistedIndividual Consultants will be contacted.
Private SectorCompetitiveness Project
4th FloorLNDC Centre
P.O. Box 747,
Maseru 100 ?Lesotho
Tel: (+26622 315100)
It is not anticipated that the project will seek new individualnursery operators. Individual nurseryoperators to be included in the project will be those with already existingnursery operation.