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Call for Tenders: Agricultural Equipment Supply

Introduction

The Livelihoods and Food Security Programme (LFSP) is a DFID-funded initiative which seeks to improve rural household incomes and their food and nutrition security. The program is implemented in Zimbabwe in ten districts[1] drawn from three provinces, Mashonaland Central, Manicaland and Midlands.

 

The LFSP program has two main components as indicated below:

 

  1. Agricultural Productivity and Nutrition (APN) Component

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) manages the implementation of interventions under this component. The interventions under this component seek to raise smallholder farmers productivity by promoting improved and climate smart agricultural practices, access to finance as well as the production and consumption of safe and more nutritious food. FAO are also responsible for farmer group formation. These farmer groups are important for the MD component in aggregation of produce and establishment of Farmer Group Enterprises.

 

  1. Market Development Component:

Palladium manages the implementation of the LFSP Market Development component (LFSP MD).

The interventions under this component seek to strengthen smallholder farmers participation in agribusiness through improved linkages to various market services such as inputs and output markets.  Following the Market Systems Development approach (MSD), Palladium works closely with local partners, the Agricultural Partnerships Trust (APT) and GRM Zimbabwe to facilitate implementation of inclusive business models which have potential for pro-poor economic impact in their respective communities. In this respect, various value chains and agribusiness models are continually assessed for pro-poor impact and commercial viability. The LFSP MD component provides targeted support to market actors designed to contribute towards reducing market constraints which limit potential for scale, inclusiveness and long-term sustainability.  Market actors are supported under this component through a range of interventions including cost-sharing arrangements[2] and / or provision of technical assistance (TA) to enhance the depth, scale and commercial sustainability of supported interventions.

The Market Development component of the LFSP programme has just recently started a second phase after 6 months break from Phase I. The 2nd Phase will run for the next 26 months ending in March 2021. The MD Phase II activities are expected to build upon the work that was initiated from 2013 during the project Phase I.

LFSP-MD is seeking proposals from reputable equipment suppliers for the following equipment:

Hammermills: 10 x premium quality 20 hp (two-in-one) hammer mills with diesel engines. Capable of processing maize and local vegetation (maize stalks, small branches and pods). Capacity 500 kg/hr. Plate thickness not less than 3 mm.

Hammermills: 2 x premium quality 14 hp (two-in-one) hammer mills for attachment to 2-wheel tractors. Capable of processing maize and local vegetation small branches, sticks and pods. Capacity 300 kg/hr. Plate thickness not less than 3 mm.

Sunflower Oil processors: 3 x premium quality electric powered cold press 20 hp sunflower oil processors. Capacity 50 kg/hr.

Maputi gun: 3 x wood/coal fired Maputi guns. Capacity 10 kg chamber.

Maputi gun: 3 x wood/coal fired Maputi guns. Capacity 20 kg chamber.

Egg incubators: 1 x premium quality egg incubators. Capacity 1200 eggs. Technical specifications:  temperature of 37.5oC with a variation of +-0.50C, range of relative humidity of 50%-60%, turning angle of 750 with a frequency of 3 times a day and laminar air speed.  Supplied complete with a solar unit. Compatible with grid power.

Egg incubators: 1 x premium quality egg incubators. Capacity 2112 eggs. Technical specifications:  temperature of 37.5oC with a variation of +-0.50C, range of relative humidity of 50%-60%, turning angle of 750 with a frequency of 3 times a day and laminar air speed.  Supplied complete with a solar unit. Compatible with grid power.

Commercial requirements

  • Delivery period 2 weeks from date of payment.
  • 12-month warrantee period on the machines and 3-month warrantee period on the engine
  • Equipment supported by national sales network
  • Compliance with industry standards
  • Traceable references of satisfied customers
  • Readily available, easily accessible and well-priced spares
  • Standard after sales equipment training programme

Company requirements 

  • Certificate of Incorporation
  • Companies Act
  • Valid Tax Clearance Certificate

Please email a comprehensive proposal including all the relevant information as per the requirements above to lfsp.procurement@thepalladiumgroup.com . Deadline for submission of proposals is Wednesday 4 September at 6pm.

[1] LFSP is implemented in Bindura, Guruve, Mt. Darwin, Gokwe North, Gokwe South, Kwekwe, Shurugwi, Mutasa, Mutare and Mutasa.

[2] The cost sharing arrangements with private market actors are designed to reduce risk for business as well as to provide incentives for business expansion and increasing outreach in the services provided by the company.

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