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

Following a successful pilot challenge, InfraCo Africa, a 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 scale up of the venture.
Under the new agreements, InfraCo Africa will maintain a big minority shareholding in Bonergie Irrigation, committing an additional US$2.4 million to considerably scale up farmers’ access to top quality irrigation options in Senegal.
It has lengthy been recognised that reliance upon rain-fed agriculture exposes Senegal’s farmers to the results of local weather change on temperature and rainfall patterns.i In 2019, InfraCo Africa joined with photo voltaic equipment specialist Bonergie Senegal to ascertain Bonergie Irrigation, an area Special Purpose Vehicle, to pilot the implementation of over one hundred high quality Solar Powered Irrigation Systems (SPIS).
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InfraCo Africa’s CEO, Gilles Vaes, stated of today’s announcement: “We are excited to proceed working with our companions at Bonergie Irrigation to substantially scale up our offering to farmers in Senegal. Access to solar-powered irrigation solutions will substitute existing diesel pumps, providing farmers with a extra sustainable answer to addressing the linked challenges of local weather change and food safety.”
The agreements signed today will see the commissioning, sale, installation and upkeep of at least 2,000 additional pumps over the subsequent three years. In response to suggestions from the pilot, the project will also roll out over 500 drip irrigation systems (DIS) that are designed to optimise effectivity of irrigation while additionally defending groundwater sources from over-abstraction. The methods are available a spread of sizes to suit every farmer’s needs with rent buy financing obtainable to spread the price, making the methods extra inexpensive.
“Bonergie Irrigation SAS could be very proud that InfraCo Africa has decided to develop a detailed partnership with us as a shareholder”, says Gabriele Schwarz, CEO of Bonergie Irrigation SAS. “Their tremendous experience will assist us to provide a minimum of 2000 pumps and 500 drip irrigation techniques to rural farmers in a sustainable way. The nexus of Water-Energy-Food is considered one of the main topics 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 venture shall be co
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