Revolving fund consultant

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Terms of reference for consultancy to develop business plans for supply chain of animal feeds and forage seeds, Culling and exchange program, management two breeding centers and supply chain of veterinary drugs

Job Title:                                    Revolving fund consultant
Location:Maseru, (Lesotho) with travel to the districts
Expected Start Date of  Assignment:1 August 2020:Duration:90 days
Reports to    Name:M. MohaleTitle:LNWMGA Manager
 
General Description of task(s) and objectives to be achieved

Background

The terms of reference are categorised into four (4) lots covering the aspects of supply chain of animal feeds, management of two breeding centres, culling and exchange program and supply chain of veterinary drugs respectively: Lesotho’s rangelands in general are in poor condition and their deterioration is continuing due to overgrazing. Supplementary feeding of animals at different physiological stages remains an alternative to minimise the effects of overgrazing, particularly during critical stages of animal’s life cycle. Proper feeding is mostly needed prior to breeding season where flushing is required to increase chances of increased reproduction efficiency and during late pregnancy when ewes/does need to be steamed up to feed growing foetus and in preparation for the next lactation.

Therefore, the Project has established the supply chain of animal feeds and forage seeds to make feeds accessible to farmers at affordable prices.The Government of Lesotho, with the help of the South African Wool Board (SAWB), established a Merino Stud farm in the Quthing District of Lesotho in 1965. The board supplied fencing material and foundation breeding stock. The second farm was established in Mokhotlong in 1969 along the same lines. Both farms were designed to provide breeding stock to the local farmers. Unfortunately, budget constraints and inadequate farm management skills have resulted in these two breeding stations to gradually fall into virtual disuse, and they no longer play a significant part in improving the breeding stock of Lesotho.

Hence Wool and Mohair Promotion Project is rehabilitating these centres to ensure profitability and sustainability. The Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security understands the reality of unproductive rangelands and low yield per sheep/goat. In view of addressing these issues the Project is establishing Culling and Exchange Program for sheep and goats under to provide an incentive mechanism to smallholder farmers who are willing to start the process of reducing the number of low-yielding/unproductive animals and replacing them with high yielding stock along with adopting improved nutrition and health practices in order to enhance good quality of fibres. This effort will also gradually contribute to reduce grazing pressure on the rangeland.

The budget constraints have limited DLS’s capacity to purchase drugs and vaccines to assist farmers in maintaining the health of their flocks. Hence, farmers have very poor access to drugs required for the maintenance of basic herd health and routine treatments such as the control of internal and external parasites. They usually have to travel to South Africa to procure veterinary drugs and this greatly increases their production costs. Access to public vet and extension services for smallholder producers is also inadequate due to limited human logistic and financial resources. For this matter Wool and Mohair Promotion Project is establishing the supply chain of animal feeds and veterinary drugs, the rehabilitation of two breeding centres, culling and exchange program and supply chain of veterinary drugs respectively. These initiatives are intended to address the identified deficiencies under animal nutrition, breeding and health aspects respectively.

About the project

The goal of WAMPP is to boost the economic and climate resilience of poor, smallholder wool and mohair producers to adverse effects of climate change in the Mountain and Foothill Regions of Lesotho. The development objective is: To enable smallholder livestock producers to generate higher incomes and more sustainable livelihoods.To increase their ability to cope with and recover from natural shocks. In particular, the nutrition aspect of the project is meant to enhance the current capabilities of smallholder sheep and goat producers in Lesotho to have access to affordable feeds and veterinary drugs which are managed effectively to ensure sustainability and accountability.

Interested eligible bidders may obtain full terms of reference from Wool and Mohair Promotion Project at the address given below from 18 June 2020 between 0800hrs and 1600hrs.

Application letter, Curriculum vitae and certified copies of certificates clearly indicating the name of the lot must be delivered in a written form to the address below or through email (complete submission must be included in one pdf-file sufficiently compressed to allow for transmission by E-mails given below) by July 3, 2020 Procurement Office Wool and Mohair Promotion Project Department of Livestock Services Old Airport Road, Moshoeshoe II P.O. Box 24 Maseru 100 Lesotho. E-mail: [email protected] [email protected] [email protected]

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