Invitation for expesion of interest for cempetitive grant scheme
The Swiss-fundedIntegrated Water Resources Management in Kosovo (IWRM-K)Program (hereinafter the Program or IWRM-K) aims to build long-lasting water resources management capacities at national and river basin levels in line with Kosovo’s socio-economic and political priorities, as well as the needs of future sustainable development. It aims to help replace the current fragmented approach with a more comprehensive and highly participatory approach of managing water resources at the river basin scale, aligned with the principles of IWRM and theEU Water Framework Directive(EU WFD).
Important part of the Program are activities aiming at prototyping approaches and practices forreducing the pressures from diffuse pollution from agriculturein selected areas of Kosovo.
As part of theCompetitive Grants Scheme(CGS) the Program now invites interested individual farmers tosubmit applicationsfor participation in a training programme and a subsequent grants programme.
The trainings will be conducted atIADK premises in Vushtrrior in the selected municipalitieswithin the three river basins. Transportation to the training site, regardless of the municipality they come from, is the responsibility of the selected farmers themselves.
With thisFirst Call, the Program intends to select up to60 producers of raspberries and apples. The selection of candidates will be done according topre-defined criteria. The selected farmers will become project partners in the implementation of modern farming practices designed to reduce the adverse impacts on the environment and improve quality of production.
The implementation of the training will be followed by atest to evaluate the acquired knowledgerequired for the needs of the implementation of the recommended farming practices. Based test results, and other criteriaa total of 30 agricultural rasperry and apple growersfrom all targeted municipalities will becomegrant beneficiariesof the Program. A prerequisite for receiving a grant is a test score of at least 30%.
The value of each grant will beup to 5,000 EURand will be divided into two parts, namely:
Mandatory equipmentthat will be used for the promotion of farming practices presented during the training sessions, as well assoil analyses & subsequent plant nutrition and irrigation programmes.
Equipment and material negotiateddirectly with each grant recepient depending on her/his specific needs for implementation of the recommended practices.
Each of the selected grant receivers will be monitored in the followingtwo agricultural seasonsand will be obliged to implement the suggested production techniques in the area of irrigation, protection and plant nutrition/fertilization. During these periods external expertise will be available to farmers forhands-on trainingand specificon-demand support.
The proposal for the type of equipment and materials that will be financed by the Program will be made by an expert team. Theprocurement of the necessary equipment and material will be performed by the Program(no cash transfers to the selected farmers are foreseen).
The trainings will be organized in the periodNovember – December 2021, while the testing will be organized duringJanuary 2022. The materials needed to prepare for the test will be available to all participants on the training.
Criteria for selection of candidates:
Fully completed application together with all attachments provided in the application;
The candidate must be above 18 years, but and not older than 65 years;
The location of the plantations / agricultural plots has to be in one of the targeted river basins: Ibër, Morava e Binçës and Lepenc. – a list of municipalities of which farmers are eligible for application is attached.
The candidate must be an individual farmer with own Farm Registration Number, or Business Registration – any form of legal registration as a farmer;
The household income from agricultural activity to be at least 30% of the total household income in the previous year;
The candidates that involve in agriculture activities other family members (an exception to this rule is when the household has a student/s and/or a pensioner), as well as seasonal and full-time employees. Households, where more than half of the adult members provide income from another source (e.g., employment) cannot apply to this Call.
The candidate needs to be the owner of the plot, own property documentation that belongs to a close family or have concluded a lease agreement for a period of at least 5 years starting from the period of entering to the agreement with the Program;
Appleorchards (plantations) should have a minimum formed area of 0.5 ha (formed by one or more parcels if they border each other and are owned or leased by the same person).
Raspberryorchards (plantations) should have a minimum area of 0.25 ha (formed by one or more parcels if they border each other and are owned or leased by the same person);
The density ofappleorchardsto be above 1,500 seedlings per hectare;
The age of the plantation to be in the range of 2-15 years;
There should be access to anirrigation water source(river, wells, surface water flow etc.) on the plot/plantation;
The distance of the selected plot from a surface water body (reservoir, river or other surface water body) to be at most 5 km;
Willingness to co-finance (only in case of selection for grant award). Eligible co-financing includes equipment and/or investment in materials (e.g. fertilizers, means of protection) for the application of agro-environmental measures in accordance with the recommendations of the expert team;
Willingness of the candidate to respect the recommendations for the application of the agro-ecological measures on the selected plot, provided by the team of experts, as well as to keep records of the processes on pre-prepared forms and to regularly share them with the Program and its experts.
In the case of a large number of submitted applications, in addition to the above, additional criteria related to the environmental impact assessment will be applied for the ranking of the candidates (e.g. erosion of the terrain, location concerning the existing protected area, etc.).
To strengthen the role of women in the management of resources in agriculture, in the ranking of applications, it is planned to award additional points to female applicants, as well as agricultural households with a higher percentage of women. In case of the same points in the ranking, preference will be given to households with female applicants, a larger number of women and a larger share of agricultural income.
The application form for participation in the program, in electronic form, can be obtainedhere.Printed copies can be obtained from the offices of IADK, Sfaraçak i Ulët no.11, 42000 Vushtrri, Republic of Kosovo, or in the officces of Skat Consulting Kosovo[i], 136 Rruga Pashko Vasa, kati 1, nr 5, Pristina, Republic of Kosovo. If in the printed format, the completed application should be submitted in two copies (in one of the official language): one (1) original copy and one (1) copy in a sealed envelope, no later thanOctober 20th, 2021to the address:
136 Rruga Pashko Vasa, kati 1, nr 5, Pristina, Republic of Kosovo e-mail:email@example.com
Entitled"Application for training and grant for agri-environmental measures"
Submission of applications can be delivered electronically by email (firstname.lastname@example.org), by post/mail or directly (by hand) at the premises of Skat Consulting Kosovo. For more detailed information about the terms and criteria of the announcement, please contact the following contact:
Contact person: Edita Mahmuti, tel. contact +38344777036 (email@example.com).