On 28th of January 2010, the annual meeting of the Supervisory Board of Rural Advisory Services component (RAS) was carried out. The Board’s members are representatives of the institutions that support technically and financially the development of rural advisory service in Moldova, including the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industry, Ministry of Finance, World Bank, USAID and SIDA. The activities implemented by ACSA and rural advisory network through the period of 2009 were the main topics discussed at the meeting. Finally, all Board’s members have approved the RAS activity and financial report for 2009 and the activity plan for 2010.
During the meeting, the members have also discussed about the activities undertaken within the “Drought Adaptation Advisory Services” component under RISP II, implemented by ACSA and rural advisory network, whose main goal is to raise awareness among agricultural producers about application of drought mitigation measures. The activity and financial report for 2009 and activity plan for 2010 have been approved unanimously by all members of Supervisory Board.
On the basis of Supervisory Board’s decision, ACSA has signed later with the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industry the contract of “Rural Advisory Services” provision for the first half of 2010. In such a way, ACSA will continue to administer and manage the rural extension service network composed of 35 service provider organizations with a total number of 425 regional and local advisors placed in mayor offices of project participating communities. In addition, ACSA will continue to implement the Drought Adaptation Advisory Services project until June 2010.
In this context, ACSA has organized on 1st of February 2010 the meeting with 35 regional project coordinators from selected service providers and signed contracts of advisory service provision for 2010 year. It is to be mentioned that both components “Rural Advisory Services” and “Drought Adaptation Advisory Services” within Rural Investments and Services Project (RISP II) are being implemented by ACSA and financed by Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industry, World Bank and SIDA.