Partners set to scale entry to solar-powered irrigation solutions in Senegal

Following a successful pilot project, 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 challenge.
Under the new agreements, InfraCo Africa will maintain a large minority shareholding in Bonergie Irrigation, committing an additional US$2.4 million to substantially scale up farmers’ entry to top quality irrigation options in Senegal.
It has lengthy been recognised that reliance upon rain-fed agriculture exposes Senegal’s farmers to the effects of local weather change on temperature and rainfall patterns.i In 2019, InfraCo Africa joined with photo voltaic equipment specialist Bonergie Senegal to establish Bonergie Irrigation, a local 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 considerably scale up our providing to farmers in Senegal. Access to solar-powered irrigation solutions will replace present diesel pumps, providing farmers with a extra sustainable solution to addressing the linked challenges of climate change and food security.”
The agreements signed right now will see the commissioning, sale, set up and maintenance of no less than 2,000 additional pumps over the following three years. In response to suggestions from the pilot, the challenge may even roll out over 500 drip irrigation methods (DIS) that are designed to optimise efficiency of irrigation while additionally protecting groundwater sources from over-abstraction. The systems come in a spread of sizes to suit every farmer’s wants with hire purchase financing out there to spread the fee, making the techniques more reasonably priced.
“Bonergie Irrigation SAS may 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 expertise will assist us to provide a minimum of 2000 pumps and 500 drip irrigation methods to rural farmers in a sustainable means. The nexus of Water-Energy-Food is among the primary subjects for the approaching years and Bonergie Irrigation SAS and InfraCo Africa are in a perfect place to develop this market in Senegal.” Elusive is anticipated that Phase II of the Bonergie Irrigation challenge will be co
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