Horticulture Promotion Service

1. Horticulture Promotion Services/expert services and strengthening capability of NHB Horticulture Promotion Service
Under this component, specialized studies and surveys shall be carried and study / survey reports shall be brought out for use by targeted beneficiaries. In addition, technical laboratories shall be set up or cause to be set up and also provide technical services including advisory and consultancy services. This shall be done by NHB with or without services of outsourced experts.

1.1. Components

  1. Review the present situation of horticulture development in particular area/ State
  2. Identify constraints in horticulture development and suggest remedial measures
  3. Develop short term and long term strategies for systematic development of horticulture
  4. Develop primary/secondary data of various aspects on horticulture
  5. Provide consultancy services, expert services & establishing labs etc. in pursuance there of
  6. Conduct technical scrutiny and certification of cold chain infrastructure as per implementation protocol for Technical Standards for cold storages etc.
  7. Preparing reports relating to export competitiveness in the area of fresh horticulture produce
  8. Any other component of expert services provided by NHB addressing to identified needs of the sector

1.2. Pattern of Assistance for above components
100% cost of the study shall be borne by the Board.

1.3. Nodal Organizations

  1. NHB itself
  2. State Governments/UT’s and organizations under it
  3. Central Government Organizations/ agencies
  4. Other organizations such as Quality Council of India / NHRDF etc.

Aspects of Studies/Surveys

  1. Techno Economic Feasibility Studies for development of horticulture in States/UT’s/Belts/ Zones etc.
  2. Market Studies /special problems/Area/Commodity based study/ other aspects – Terms of Reference will vary on case to case basis
  3. Expert Services for project identification, formulation, implementation, monitoring & evaluation etc
  4. Multi disciplinary and specific studies by NHB such as Performance Rating of infrastructure components, tools, equipments, machineries for use in horticulture sector, Firming up of PHM, storage and specialized handling related protocols
  5. Issues relating to protocols for Good Agricultural Practices, quality standards for fresh horticulture produce such as under CODEX and EC standards;
  6. Export competitiveness in respect of fresh horticulture produce
  7. E-solutions for business process of NHB office
  8. To facilitate the consultancy services relating to production , plant protection, PHM, packaging, storage, marketing and exports
  9. All above aspects are illustrative and not exhaustive

1.4. Criteria for empanelment of consultants / consultancy firms

  1. The consultancy firms shouldbe registeredandit shouldbemulti-disciplinaryhavingminimum experience of 3-5 years. Individual consultants or subject matter specialist of horticulture /agriculture experts, economist/management/ legal / personnel/ financial/ marketing/ information-technology experts etc, can be engaged for specific activities, where the expertise of an individual will meet requirement.
  2. The consultants must have expertise and experience in the field of horticulture, financial management, project formulation, project evaluation, monitoring etc.
  3. Consultants should have capability, as evident from their past experience in similar work in relevant field such as agriculture/ horticulture/post-harvest management / refrigeration, e-governance, marketing and exports.
  4. The consultants must have required infrastructure for taking up consultancy as per job requirements
  5. Preference would be given to such consultancy firms, who have experience in conducting similar studies for similar conditions
  6. Individual consultant/experts, resource person at differentlevel may also be engaged who will provide technical services and their honorarium will commensurate with their qualification and experience as per approved rates under National Level TSG of MIDH. The selection of experts for specific/multi disciplinary studies shall be finalized by the committee of NHB keeping in mind their known professionalism in the field.
  7. Fresh Horticulture/Agriculture graduates as per approved rates of TSG component of MIDH may also be engaged as per need

1.5. Procedure for engaging the services of consultants / consultancy firms

  1. Study would be conducted and consultancy services rendered through empanelled consultants. The panel of Consultancy firms / consultants would be updated periodically, after every three years.
  2. Apublicnoticewillbeissuedcallingoffersfromconsultant/consultancyfirmsforempanelment. A panel of consultancy firms / consultants would be finalized by Empowered Committee of the Board.
  3. Subject to suitability of work requirement and acceptance of terms and conditions prescribed by NHB, Consultancy Firms/consultants empanelled under NHM/other organization under MIDH schemes, may also be considered for engagement.

1.6. Procedure for award of studies/surveys or consultancy assignment to a consultant/Firm in panel so prepared by NHB

  1. Consultants / Firms may be empanelled by NHB for the purpose of conducting studies/ surveys. They would send their detailed offer taking into consideration scope of work/term of reference within prescribed period.
  2. Consultants would be required to give offer in-respect of technical & financial aspects
  3. Offers would be scrutinized by the Board for consideration of Empowered committee.
  4. Consultants would present their case in person before the Empowered Committee on the date & time to be decided by the Board.
  5. Period of study would be decided by the Empowered Committee on case to case basis
  6. The study would be awarded by the Board on the recommendation of the Empowered Committee.

1.7. Mode of Payment

  1. 25% on award of work
  2. 50% on submission of Draft Report.
  3. 25% after final report and its acceptance by Board/ Concerned State Govt./ Organization.

Note :The consultant / consultancy firm shall be required to furnish an indemnity bond and personal guarantee before the release of advance payments. For any delay in submission of Draft Report, penalty @ 1 % of total fee may be levied on the consultants for every delay of one month or part thereof.

1.8. Submission of Draft Study / Survey Report

  1. Draft report would be submitted by the consultants within the prescribed time.
  2. Consultants would also present the study undertaken through slides etc. before the NHB & concerned sponsoring organization.
  3. Comments of NHB/sponsoring organization would be included in the study report
  4. Consultants would coordinate for organizing the presentation of the report.

1.9. Submission of Final Report
Consultants would be required to submit requisite number of copies of Draft Report and Final Report duly bound along with soft copy.
NHB can undertake consultancy services including setting up of specialized laboratory with the help of empanelled consultants/consultancy firms.

Horticulture Promotion Service/expert servicesScheme