The Public Procurement and Property Disposal Service Agency (PPPDSA) has received an immediate order from the Ministry of Agriculture to buy 222,600 metric tons of wheat for the regions affected by rain shortages. PPPDSA has called on eight international companies to participate in the bid.
Promising International, Hakann Agroo DMCC, Glentor Grain, Sea Board, Ameropa AG, BUNGE, Mid Gulf Investor and TBG the Bassi Union Group are expected to submit their bid in within 35 days.
The bidding will be opened if all tender documents are submitted earlier than the deadline. The wheat is expected to be distributed to the areas of Tigray, Eastern Amahra, Afar, Eastern Oromia, Somali, Dire Dawa, Harari and areas in the Rift Valley hit hard by rain shortages.
The rain shortages are part of the effects brought on by El Niño which is caused when the waters in the eastern Pacific Ocean off the coast of Peru get warmer leading to changes in weather patterns around the world. In response to El Niño, the government has established a committee comprising of the Ministry of Agriculture; Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy, National Metrology Agency (NMA), and Disaster Prevention and Preparedness Agency mandated to work on managing the weather event, with a budget of around 700 million birr.
Habtamu Dessali, Public Relation Head of PPPDSA told Capital that the agency will try its best to speed up the bidding for buying the wheat quickly.
“We are not calling an open bid due to immediacy of the procurement and we are calling eight international companies known for their performance in wheat procurement, what we are doing now is checking their price lists. The company who has submitted the fairest price will import the wheat.’’
Some media outlets have reported cases of people who have died as a result of the rain shortages. The government, however, refutes the claim and has said that lives have not been lost due to the rain shortages.