Supply and Installation of Water Supply Infrastructure for Proposed New Drip Irrigation Blocks - Malawi

Project Background
The Feed the Future Malawi Ag Diversification Activity (AgDiv) contributes to USAID/Malawi’s Feed the Future goal of sustainably reducing poverty and malnutrition in either district of Central and Southern Malawi: Mchinji, Dedza, Ntcheu, Balaka, Machinga, Mangochi, Lilongwe rural, and Blantyre rural. AgDiv fosters inclusive and sustainable growth in Malawi’s agriculture sector, enhances resilience to climate change, empowers women, and improves the nutritional status of women and children, while simultaneously increasing the competitiveness of marketable, nutrient-rich value chains through support for agricultural enterprises and increased access to markets and finance. AgDiv is a central component of USAID/Malawi’s integrated, multi-sectoral approach to improving Malawians’ quality of life.

Instruction to Bidders
This request covers the water offtake and conveyance systems up to the field hydrants. The supply and installation of any infield drip equipment downstream of the hydrants (such as laterals and dripperlines) are not included in the scope described below, as these will be sourced through a separate financing initiative (see note underlined at the end of this section for further details).

The contracted bidder shall be responsible for the design, procurement, supply, installation, and commissioning (TURNKEY) of all the following water supply components:

1) River offtake headworks
2) Supply pipeline from offtake to the edge of the scheme
3) Drip filtration station
4) Head dissipation/control systems
5) Main conveyance pipe networks, hydrants, valves, and other fittings
6) River pipeline crossings
7) Community water supply/ wash bays at 3 locations within the scheme

Layout drawings and concept designs completed previously have been supplied as with this RFQ for information purposes only, and the bidder shall be responsible for all final designs presented. Unless there is a good reason for doing otherwise (to either improve the hydraulic design or to reduce costs), then the general field infield designs and layouts should be maintained.

Supply and instal of field drip equipment is not included in this scope. However, this will form part of the design element as this information is needed for the designs, and a detailed breakdown of quantities will be required for the future purchase of this equipment.

Site Visit
For bidders who have not already visited the site, a site inspection is mandatory for all tenderers prior to pricing the Works. This is particularly critical so that the tenderer can understand the following critical aspects of the system:
1) Offtake design and installation requirements
2) River crossing designs and installation requirements
3) Assessment of general site characteristics, including an understanding of the prevailing rocky nature of parts of the development area

The Tenderer shall be deemed to have examined the site and have obtained all necessary information as to the scope and extent of the Works on submission of the completed Tender document. Should bidders wish to visit the site, please contact Agricane to arrange it.

Description of Goods/Services
See the detailed RFQ document supplied for detailed project requirements.

Anticipated Delivery
It is the intention to commence installation by June 2023. It is expected that all irrigation systems should be commissioned and handed over to the beneficiaries by 1 September 2023.

Place of Performance
The activities to be performed under this contract will take place in Mulanje District

Information to be Submitted with Bid
1. Technical and financial proposal,
2. Project program (including resources) from contract ward up until project commissioning

Enquiries Regarding RFQ Documents
All administrative enquiries must be directed to:

Technical enquiries must be directed to the Engineer: - Murray Matthews -

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Procurement Integrity and Ethics

It is Palladium’s Policy that no gifts of any kind and of any value be exchanged between vendors/contractors and Palladium personnel. Discovery of the same will be grounds for disqualification of the vendor/contractor from participation in any Palladium’s procurements and may result in disciplinary actions against Palladium personnel involved in such discovered transactions.


Mulanje District, Malawi

Closing date:
3 February 2023