Agricultural Modernisation, Marketing Access and Resilience Project (AMMAR) in Georgia
August 1, 2017

Study Objective

The Government of Georgia has obtained financing from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) towards financing the cost of the Agricultural Modernisation, Marketing Access and Resilience Project (AMMAR) in Georgia. The AMMAR is being implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA).

The irrigation projects for rehabilitation under AMMAR have to be suitable for the production of crops with a ready market in the selected value chains, in addition to being technically, socially and financially feasible. The procedures for the selection are based on a simple ranking formula that is described in the AMMAR - implementation manual.

In this context, feasibility studies for the infrastructure support have been undertaken to provide an assessment of the economic, financial, technical, social and environmental viability of the rehabilitation of identified irrigation schemes:

- Secondary canals MU-58; MU-59; MU-60; MU-61 and MU-61-1 (Bebnula) and their other level distributaries rehabilitation of Tashiskari Irrigation scheme in Kareli Municipality; 

- Secondary canals (Alternatiuli and Dzlevijvari) and their other level distributaries rehabilitation of Saltvisi Irrigation scheme in Gori and Kareli Municipalities. 

- Secondary canals g-32 and g-35 and their other level distributaries rehabilitation of Kvemo Alazani Irrigation scheme in the village Chumlaki of the Gurjaani Municipality.

- Secondary canals g-2; g-1; g-1-1 and their other level distributaries rehabilitation of Saltvisi Irrigation scheme in Gori and Kareli Municipalities.

- Secondary canal g-3 and tertiary canal g-3-2 and their other level distributaries rehabilitation of Tirifoni Irrigation scheme in Gori Municipality

- The procedures for the selection of the rehabilitation scheme are based on a simple ranking formula that is described in the AMMAR - implementation manual.

Study Methodology

For conducting the rehabilitation feasibility study for the MU-58, MU–59, MU–60, MU–61 and MU–61-1 (Bebnula) secondary canals of the Tashiskari irrigation scheme, we assessed their current status, damage, water accessibility, irrigation service quality as well as associated socioeconomic and environmental impacts.

Materials necessary for preliminary assessment were obtained and analyzed during field visits, based on information, provided by service centers of Georgian Amelioration Ltd, JSC Saktskalproekti (Water Design) and other sources. The AMMAR project of the Georgian Ministry of Agriculture has provided the Tashiskari and Kvemo Alazani irrigation schemes, while service center staffs helped to survey in detail the alternative canal and the Dzlevijvari canal, as well as the MU-58, MU–59, MU–60, MU–61 and MU-61-1(Bebnula) secondary canals of the Tashiskari irrigation system and the MU-32 and MU-35 distributaries of the Kvemo Alazani.

Based on analysis results, we provided recommendations on rehabilitation activities and conducted a cost-benefit analysis.

A questionnaire was developed to assess socioeconomic status, incomes and expenses of households/family farms, to obtain information on croplands and priority crops, typical farms and structures in the areas and villages covered by the project. The final version of the questionnaire (Annex 7) consists of 106 questions. Fourteen households were examined in the project-covered villages of the Tashiskari Municipality.

Irrigation system rehabilitation approaches will be introduced to participants of consultative meetings that will be conducted to assess farmers attitudes and level of interest.

The Government of Georgia has obtained financing from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) towards financing the cost of the Agricultural Modernisation, Marketing Access and Resilience Project (AMMAR) in Georgia. The AMMAR is being implemented by AMMAR of the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA).

The irrigation projects for rehabilitation under AMMAR have to be suitable for the production of crops with a ready market in the selected value chains, in addition to being technically, socially and financially feasible. The procedures for the selection are based on a simple ranking formula that is described in the AMMAR - implementation manual.

In this context, AMMAR is currently seeking to contract a local consulting firm company, through a National Competitive Bidding procurement procedure, designated hereafter by The Consultant who will be responsible for undertaking feasibility studies for infrastructure support.

A.                Objective and Scope of the Consultancy

The Feasibility Study has the following main objectives:

  1. To provide an assessment of the economic, financial, technical, social and environmental viability of the rehabilitation of identified irrigation schemes. Including an assessment of current situation of marketing arrangements, crop production and the infrastructure and proposed options, if any, for improvement of each of area, as well as a cost benefits analysis,
  2. To prepare a Feasibility Report with Annexes for each proposed irrigation scheme, 
  3. To conduct a Stakeholders Meeting to disclose project’s objectives and approach and assess buyers and farmer’s attitude and willingness to act as partners for the sustainability of the relationship.