Partners set to scale access to solar-powered irrigation options in Senegal

Following a profitable pilot venture, InfraCo Africa, part of the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG), has signed a Shareholders’ Agreement and a Loan Agreement with Bonergie Irrigation SAS (Bonergie Irrigation) to continue supporting the dimensions up of the venture.
Under the brand new agreements, InfraCo Africa will maintain a big minority shareholding in Bonergie Irrigation, committing a further US$2.4 million to considerably scale up farmers’ entry to prime quality irrigation options in Senegal.
Key has long been recognised that reliance upon rain-fed agriculture exposes Senegal’s farmers to the effects of climate change on temperature and rainfall patterns.i In 2019, InfraCo Africa joined with solar gear specialist Bonergie Senegal to determine Bonergie Irrigation, an area Special Purpose Vehicle, to pilot the implementation of over 100 prime quality Solar Powered Irrigation Systems (SPIS).
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InfraCo Africa’s CEO, Gilles Vaes, mentioned of today’s announcement: “We are excited to continue working with our companions at Bonergie Irrigation to considerably scale up our providing to farmers in Senegal. Access to solar-powered irrigation options will substitute existing diesel pumps, providing farmers with a more sustainable solution to addressing the linked challenges of local weather change and food safety.”
The agreements signed today will see the commissioning, sale, installation and maintenance of at least 2,000 additional pumps over the next three years. In response to suggestions from the pilot, the venture may even roll out over 500 drip irrigation techniques (DIS) which are designed to optimise effectivity of irrigation while additionally protecting groundwater sources from over-abstraction. The systems are available a spread of sizes to go well with each farmer’s needs with hire purchase financing available to spread the price, making the techniques extra reasonably priced.
“Bonergie Irrigation SAS is very proud that InfraCo Africa has determined to develop a close partnership with us as a shareholder”, says Gabriele Schwarz, CEO of Bonergie Irrigation SAS. “Their large expertise will help us to provide a minimum of 2000 pumps and 500 drip irrigation methods to rural farmers in a sustainable way. The nexus of Water-Energy-Food is likely considered one of the primary matters for the coming years and Bonergie Irrigation SAS and InfraCo Africa are in an ideal position to develop this market in Senegal.” It is anticipated that Phase II of the Bonergie Irrigation project shall be co
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