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 one of the important and the largest cost items for most pond-based fish farms comprising up to 70-80 percent of variable costs. Feed ingredients play a vital role in preparation of the feed which, in the form of granules or pellets, provides nutrition in a stable and concentrated form to enable the fish to grow to their full potential.
Sources and quality of ingredients used to formulate feeds are very diverse.  Most of the raw material is imported, and as a result both quality and price fluctuate a great deal.  In the last few years, this has causes increases in production costs on fish farms.  To combat these price increases, some companies have adulterated feeds, and this has resulted in reduced yields.
For most ingredients there are adequate substitutes available in the local market. The obstacle to using these alternatives is that most of the companies lack the technical knowledge to formulate feeds using these local ingredients.  Production capacity and machinery are also contributing factors, and introducing new products to the market is always a risk factor for the companies which might want to offer the native feeds to compete against the imports. 
BAA would like prompt improvements and is offering support to develop and promote a native feed for carp using the ingredients available within the country to production and market new feed products to small and marginal fish farmers.
We are looking for a private organization or feed company with experience and a market presence and ready recipe for a native feed formulation using local ingredients.  WorldFish, the implemented of USAID's BAA, will review the formulation & ingredients and provide technical guidance to help promote the products to farmers through the producer's existing distribution network and local service providers (LSP). 
Key Deliverables:
  • Details of native feed formulation for carp and list of local ingredients
  • Approval of relevant authority regarding the formulation 
  • Details business plan considering LSP incentives for the feed
  • Reporting documentations as per contract requirements
Who can apply?
Only qualified applicants should apply.  "Qualified" means an established organization with a track record in fish feed production and market share in the aqua-feed business and an established distribution network.  The applicant will have a research & development unit to carry out such type of innovation as needed and will mainstream the new product line into the business.
Applicants should understand that this is not an offer to hire their services, but rather this is intended to be a partnership.  This means that (A) at least a minimum 50% co- investment will be an important consideration in making this award, and (B) this activity is intended to be the catalyst for continued work without additional outside support.
Required documentation 
If selected for the award, the partner will be required to show:
  • A certificate of incorporation (for individual companies, a trade license); 
  • Joint-stock registration certificate (if applicable);
  • 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 consulting firm must bear all annual income tax (AIT). 
  • 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 31 October 2020, either online or via email to mentioning the title of solicitation in the subject line.