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Purchase of livestock in support to sustainable return

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livestockHilfswerk Austria project staff with UNHCR representatives have put a lot of efforts in order to identify returnees in each project region and prepare one unique tender documents for purchase of livestock in order to get better prices and to be able to assists more beneficiaries. This purchase of cows in calf “Simmental” breed, sheep “Vlasicka Pramenka” breed and goats provided both food and small income to the beneficiaries, enforce the sustainability of their return and encourage the future return in all areas of responsibilities in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Within the project areas, there are few milk companies like “Meggle”, “Milkos”, “Tuzlanska mljekara”, “Mljekara-Mostar” that are permanently facing lack of milk and there is established milk pick-up system in the most of the project areas.

The project was co-financed by the Bosnia-Podrinje Canton Gorazde, Cantonal Government in project for purchase of the cows-in-calf in their region. Mutual obligations were defined in the Memorandum of Understanding which was signed on November 5th, 2009.
There was prepared one tender dossier for purchase of livestock anticipated through this project and projects no. 2009/HWA/09, 2009/HWA/10 & 2009/HWA/17 and in total were purchased and delivered animals: 71 cows-in-calf, 30 sheep, 3 ram, 2 goats. The tender was implemented on the basis of open procedure and bid invitation announced in two local newspapers “Dnevni Avaz” and “Glas Srpske” on November 11th, 2009. After the tendering, there were signed two contracts for the LOTs:
In addition to the regular veterinary check-up, the supplier submitted proof that the animals have been tested for Q fever and brucellosis, and in order to prevent possible loss of the animals – all delivered livestock have been insured for the period of one year. The supplier is obliged to repay the value of the cow in case of death, forced butchering or accident.
The final selection of animals and confirmation of their quality and breed was done by two veterinarian experts/consultants, engaged for the project due to better organization of the project implementation. They have been responsible for selection of animals with qualities requested in tender procedure, control of the veterinary exams, provide expert consultations and prepare reports to the HWA/UNHCR.
The number of primary beneficiaries included in this project was 56 families / 253 persons.

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