EU-funded project “Enhancing Land Consolidation in North Macedonia”
The EU-funded project “Enhancing Land Consolidation in North Macedonia”, co-funded and implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has launched a public tender (Reference number: 2023/CSAPC/REUDD/120213) for the provision of ‘’Consulting services for Land Consolidation in North Macedonia – Land Re-allotment Planning and Main Technical Design of Agricultural Infrastructure Interventions in Chiflik”.
Activities to be carried out as part of this tender include developing and implementing a Land Re-allotment Plan and designing agricultural infrastructure interventions in the land consolidation area of Chiflik village. More specifically, the contractor should conduct valuation of the agricultural land in Chiflik, in accordance with the Law on Valuation and the Methodology for valuation of assets in agriculture; develop a Land Re-allotment Plan following the majority-based land consolidation approach, in accordance with the Law on Consolidation of Agricultural land; prepare Main Technical Design for rehabilitation/construction of agricultural infrastructure in Chiflik, in accordance with the Law on Construction, the Law on Agricultural Land and other pertinent legislation; prepare Geodetic Elaborate for registration of the new ownership situation in the Agency for Real Estate Cadastre and conduct on-field surveying (staking out) of the new parcel boundaries in the land consolidation area.
Potential bidders can be all companies registered in the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Economy (MAFWE) Register of Land Consolidation Service Providers, which possess License B for civil engineering planning issued by the Ministry of Transport and Communication (MTC) of North Macedonia, and are licensed by the MTC for real estate valuation or by the MAFWE for valuation of assets in agriculture.
In order to access the tender documents and submit a proposal, interested companies should first register in the United Nations Global Marketplace (UNGM) portal (www.ungm.org/Vendor/Registration), as only UNGM registered companies are eligible to participate. After successful registration, companies will be able to access the tender documents and submit their proposals through the same UNGM portal (www.ungm.org/Account/Account/Login).
The deadline for submitting an electronic proposal for the tender is 20 February (Monday) 2023, no later than 13:00 hrs, CET.
The land consolidation area of Chiflik is located in the Cheshinovo-Obleshevo Municipality, in the Eastern Region. It covers 156 hectares (ha) of agricultural land, fragmented into 1 263 irregularly shared land parcels, with an average parcel size of 0.12 ha, owned by 438 landowners. Chiflik is characterized by mainly flat terrain with fertile arable land and favorable natural conditions for the predominant rice production. The initiative for land consolidation in Chiflik derived from the local landowners, who expressed interest for land consolidation to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Economy in 2017, and the area was selected as eligible for land consolidation in 2018, under the EU-funded MAINLAND project.
As a first Phase in the land consolidation process, a Feasibility Study for land consolidation in Chiflik was carried out in the period from February – July 2019. The study examined the agricultural land and agricultural production structure in Chiflik, the landownership situation, all existing property and legal issues, assessed the interest and commitment of the landowners to participate in land consolidation, their individual preferences, as well as the community needs for agricultural infrastructure improvements. Based on the detailed analysis, it was identified that conducting land consolidation in Chiflik is feasible and that the vast majority of the registered landowners are interested in land consolidation. Based on the Feasibility study, the next step will be to proceed with Land Re-allotment Planning in Chiflik, following the majority-based land consolidation approach, as Phase II of the land consolidation process, and designing the agricultural infrastructure interventions - rehabilitation/construction of agricultural infrastructure (access roads, drainage and irrigation channels) in the land consolidation area, as Phase III in the land consolidation process.
About the EU-funded ‘’Enhancing Land Consolidation in North Macedonia’’ Project
Building directly on the results of the MAINLAND project, this project aims to assist MAFWE in further enhancing land consolidation in North Macedonia by improving the national policy on land consolidation, including strategic, legal, and institutional frameworks, as well as to continue supporting the implementation of the National Land Consolidation Programme through a full-fledged implementation of land consolidation projects in two project areas, combined with construction of agricultural infrastructure. The Project budget is EUR 1.2 million, financed from the EU IPA II 2019 Assistance (EUR 1 million) and FAO contribution (EUR 0.2 million). The project will be implemented over a period of 42 months, starting from August 2022 until January 2026.