Terms of reference (ToR) for onboarding consultant for pig feed formulation Study

Title Study of indigenous feed materials for pig rearing and mapping with scientific nutritional practices.
Timeline 1 Month
Last Date of Submission 25th August 2023
Link to Apply https://forms.gle/kcfqzjUtAJWhtZVe7

Project title:

Study of indigenous feed materials for pig rearing and mapping with scientific nutritional practices for different geographies of Assam.

About SELCO Foundation:

SELCO Foundation is an open-source research and development organization whose role is to implement solutions to generate learnings that can be replicated in various developing contexts. The piggery value chain at SELCO Foundation aims to demonstrate how sustainable technological innovations and indigenous pig feed formulation is convenient as compared to commercially available feed for the backyard piggery farmer combined with appropriate financial models can lead to a demonstrable increase in resilience and safety nets for backyard piggery grower.

a) Background and context:

SELCO Foundation has deployed various solutions such as pressure pump for cleaning, farrowing crates and lighting for piggery as part of previous need based interventions. With our engagement on ground with the stakeholders (farmers, promoters, experts etc.) and from studies we have known that high input cost for feed is a primary challenge for sustenance of the piggery sector. This exercise is planned to identify locally available resources such Agri waste, byproducts etc. with significant nutrient value that can partially or entirely substitute the commercially available concentrated feed material.

b) Scope of work/Assignment:

The primary responsibility of the consultants is to submit a compiled qualitative and quantitative deck/standard diet chart regarding fig feed formulation from locally available feed materials for different geographies of Assam. This will be in context to various vernacular practices opted by communities but mapping the nutritional value of such resources with the scientific recommendation of the nutrition requirement. The consultants will work under the supervision of the Project Manager– Livelihood Innovation, SELCO Foundation. Following are the key tasks and activities

Field Interviewers:

  • Selection of major Pig rearing Clusters and consultation with farmers
  • Documenting Indigenous feed practices and resource mapping
  • Consultation with champions and resource persons (Piggery expert)
  • Consultation with relevant KVKs and research institutes

Expected Deliverables:

  • Mapped resources, feeding practices and challenges in major pig growing clusters
  • Mapping of locally available feed to scientifically recommended animal nutrition
  • Document the local pig farmer’s best practices and findings from user's perspective
  • Formulation of Nutrition chart for farmers based on nutrition content of various locally available resources during the life cycle of an animal

Qualification of Consultant:

  • To conduct the study the consultant should have prior experience in animal nutrition especially various process of feed formulation
  • Good understanding of the piggery sector in Assam and well versed with the farming clusters, champions and resource institutes
  • Previous engagement with the pig farmers and other relevant organizations in the sector of pig farming
  • For this assignment consultant should have minimum 4-7 years of experience in the field of knowledge and research with similar context

Locations/Sites:

Assam

Duration of the consultancy:

30 days from the date of agreement.

Application Process:

Interested consultants are requested to send their CVs, with a note on previous experience relevant to this project (maximum of 1 page on last experience). Submit the details with detailed financial proposal to google form https://forms.gle/kcfqzjUtAJWhtZVe7

Any further queries please write to procurement@selcofoundation.org

Interested Candidates should apply by presenting the following Documents

  • Personal CV
  • Previous relevant experience details
  • Expected remuneration
  • The Last date for sending the application is 25th August, 2023