Component A

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Component A –
Construction of Modern Grain Storage Silo Facilities The primary objectives of this component are to:

Improve the storage capacity for grain at the country level by financing the construction of modern steel silos for rice and wheat that will be built in accordance with social and environmental sustainability parameters and safeguards compliance criteria and

Facilitate households' access to domestic silos for food grain and seed storage to improve household-level food security during and after natural disasters.This component will include: (A1) construction of public storage facilities in the form of modern grain storage silos; (A2) provision of household-level storage facilities or family silos, particularly in the disaster-prone areas of the coastal zone; and (A3) implementation of social and environmental management plans.

Component A1:

Construction of Modern Public Food Grain Storage Silos:
This component will finance an improved storage silo system to store milled rice with a total capacity of around 535,500 tons. Subject to full compliance with the requirements in the publicly disclosed Environmental and Social Assessment and Management Framework (ESAMF) and prior completion of all complementary, site-specific studies and analyses required, the silos will be constructed at eight sites in various strategic locations across the country.

Project Site & Capacity:


Sl. No. Site No. of Bins Bin Size (in feet) Each bin capacity (MT) Silo capacity (MT) Grain Type
1 Barisal 16 60 D X 40 H 3,000 48,000 Rice
2 Narayanganj 16 60 D X 40 H 3,000 48,000 Rice
3 Dhaka 16 60 D X 40 H 3,000 48,000 Rice
4 Ashuganj 35 60 D X 60 H 3,000 105,000 Rice
5 Mymensingh 16 60 D X 40 H 3,000 48,000 Rice
6 Maheshwarpasha 6 90 D X 78 H 12,700 76,200 Wheat
7 Chittagong 9 90 D X 78 H 12,700 114,300 Wheat
8 Madhupur 16 60 D X 40 H 3,000 48,000 Rice
  Sub-Total 130     535,500  


Site Selection Criteria
(General Criteria : Availability of DG Food Land)

Proposed Sites Region Criteria
Barisal CSD & M Pasha Khulna site South central Disaster relief: Cyclones
Narayangonj CSD Central and South Disaster relief: Flooding
Modhupur and Mymensing CSD North Surplus production
Dhaka CSD Central High consumption & food deficit
Ashugonj Silo site Northeast Processing & logistics hubs
Chittagang Silo Premises Southwest Import and Supply to all over the Country

The eight sites proposed are on land currently owned by DG Food, so no land acquisition will be required. In the event that the local conditions at any of the eight proposed sites evolve prior to actual construction or if the site specific, complementary studies bring new information to light, a new assessment of the eligibility and feasibility of silo construction at that site will be carried out – and an alternative location possibly considered.

Component A2:
Household Silos:
Under the 2007 Emergency Cyclone Recovery and Reconstruction Project (ECRRP, P111272), household-level silos or grain storage bins were developed in Bangladesh. These units are specially designed 70-liter, food-grade plastic bins tested to ensure that chemical contaminants do not migrate into the stored food. They hold about 40kg of paddy equipped with a watertight lid, preventing water intrusion from surges and floods. Provision of home storage units under ECRRP has been extremely successful; under FAO coordination some 20,000 units were distributed. Based on the lessons learned from the ECRRP, this project’s investment in small-scale storage at the rural household level is expected to bring important benefits to the farming community – in the form of safer storage of rice, seed and the enhanced capacity of affected households to have seed readily available for subsequent planting seasons. Small-scale home silos will be sold via a network of service provider to eligible households at a subsidized price under a voucher scheme implemented by a third party. The procurement price of storage bins currently ranges from US$23 to US$33 per unit, down from US$50 at the start of ECRRP.

Component A3:
Implementation of Social and Environmental Management Plans :
The sites proposed for public silos are already owned by GoB. Therefore, no major social or resettlement issues are expected. However, funds will be provided under this component to ensure that if any such issues arise they can be addressed properly. These issues encompass, for example, increased traffic congestion or other environmental or social issues resulting from the complementary site-specific studies which are required to be fully addressed prior to invitation for bidding, and others that could emerge during silo construction. The component will also support environmental enhancement, such as improved landscaping, planting of trees to improve the aesthetics of tall steel silos, and more.