World Bank considers 6-month extension for Jordan agriculture project

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AMMAN — The World Bank is considering restructuring a project aimed at exploring high-value agricultural methods for achieving social inclusion and optimizing water use in Jordan. The project's timeline is proposed to be extended by an additional six months until the end of September.اضافة اعلان

According to the document, the new project closure date will be September 30 instead of the current March 28. The extension aims to complete the purchase of supporting infrastructure needed to finalize project activities. This also ensures the transfer of all assets to beneficiaries and their sustainable use before the scheduled closure date, Al-Mamlaka TV reported.

The World Bank has confirmed reviewing the project's action plan for completing remaining tasks by the proposed extended closure date. The extension is said not to impact the project's developmental goal, components, management, monitoring, evaluation, or its results framework.

The proposed extension is expected to secure a third grant of $400,000 from the Multi Donor Trust Fund, following a $600,000 grant in May 2020 and a $430,000 grant at the end of 2022.

It's worth noting that the project's closure was previously adjusted from April 25, 2022, to September 31st of the same year, due to implementation delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and associated government measures. This was followed by another adjustment from September 2023 to the current March 28th to enhance the grievance redress mechanism and align with changes in the new Government Procurement Law.

Regarding the project's implementation status, the World Bank confirmed that progress towards achieving the project's development goal and execution has been ‘somewhat sluggish due to implementation delays.’

The project has focused on developing two innovative social institutions for fruit and vegetable production using hydroponic agriculture technology in Karak and Tafilah, considered among the ‘poorest governorates.’ Repair and maintenance work is expected to be completed in Tafilah by the end of May 2024.

In Karak, plastic hydroponic houses have been built, and the first planting season has begun, following a delay in purchasing solar energy systems, cold storage facilities, and transportation in both provinces. Delivery of two transportation vehicles, two refrigerated trucks, and seedling trays is expected in Tafilah and Karak by the end of May 2024, while the installation of solar energy systems in both governorates is expected to be completed by the end of June 2024.

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