Solicitation
to Promote Affordable Fish Feed Production and Distribution
through Local Semi-Mechanized Feed Millers

Background

The Feed the Future Bangladesh Aquaculture Activity (BAA) is a five-year project of USAID to intend to improve nutrition through growth in the aquaculture sector growth.  BAA works in 21 districts of southwestern Bangladesh and two districts in the southeast.

Fish feed is an important factor in fish farm productivity and the largest single cost item for farmers (about 70-80% of variable costs). A significant number of farmers, especially smallholder fish farmers, use traditional feeding in their farming to keep costs down and because commercial feed is not always accessible. This use of lower quality feed reduces yield.

Many farmers are using traditional recipes for feed provided by local feed millers.  These millers have small milling machines and use their own recipes to formulate fish feeds, but the availability of quality feed ingredients is not always good.  This compounds the problem.

The Bangladesh Aquaculture Activity would like prompt improvements and is looking for a partner to develop a business to business model for small millers so they can profitably supply small and marginal fish farmers with affordable, locally produced quality fish feed.

Objective

Bangladesh Aquaculture Activity (BAA) is looking for a partner (a private company or entrepreneur in feed or appropriate machinery) with proven experience and the product, service, and quality feed recipe needed to:

  • improve the knowledge and equipment of local, small-scale millers to produce a formula of quality fish feed,
  • help the millers grow their businesses by providing business development services such as business planning, marketing guidance, and training on how the millers can provide after-sales service  to the farmers, and
  • link the millers to suppliers to procure quality raw ingredients and to the machinery market.
Scope of work

The partner selected from this solicitation will build an effective business plan to promote homemade quality feed production through 60 enlisted small millers by improving their knowledge, recipes, supply lines, and machinery.

Key Deliverables

  • Necessary documents from relevant authority regarding the feed formulation(s)
  • Detailed business plan for small local miller model of delivering locally milled fish feed and service to farmers
  • Regular financial and narrative reports

 

Who can apply?

Only qualified applicants should apply. "Qualified" means an established organization with a track record in fish feed / machine production and an efficient distribution network. They must have skills in business innovation and to contribute to aquaculture sector growth.

Applicants should understand that this is not an offer to hire their services, but rather this is intended to be a partnership.  This means

(A) at least a minimum 50% cost-sharing in this undertaking, and
(B) this activity is intended to be the catalyst for continued work of this kind tagging all relevant businessmen this event, and without additional support from Bangladesh Aquaculture Activity so that the partner will continue the product preparation, marketing, and service in the future.

Required documentation

If selected for the small grant, the partner will be required to show:

  • A certificate of incorporation (for individual companies, a trade license);
  • An organizational organogram of key personnel, inclusive of the names of such personnel;
  • Tax Identification Number (TIN);
  • VAT registration number;
  • Proof of a segregated account (providing the name and address of such an account);
  • Other valid papers (provided by government institutions).
  • The percentage of VAT and the total amount of VAT should be mentioned in the proposal.

Submission details

Interested parties should submit a one-page inquiry on the attached form on or before December 05, 2020, either online or via email to wfbanaproject@cgiar.org mentioning the title of solicitation in the subject line.

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