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

Following a successful pilot project, InfraCo Africa, a half of the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG), has signed a Shareholders’ Agreement and a Loan Agreement with Bonergie Irrigation SAS (Bonergie Irrigation) to proceed supporting the size up of the project.
Under the model new agreements, InfraCo Africa will hold a big minority shareholding in Bonergie Irrigation, committing an additional US$2.4 million to considerably scale up farmers’ entry to high quality irrigation solutions in Senegal.
It 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 photo voltaic gear specialist Bonergie Senegal to establish Bonergie Irrigation, a neighborhood 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, said of today’s announcement: “We are excited to proceed working with our companions at Bonergie Irrigation to substantially scale up our providing to farmers in Senegal. Proven to solar-powered irrigation solutions will replace current diesel pumps, providing farmers with a more sustainable solution to addressing the linked challenges of climate change and meals safety.”
The agreements signed today will see the commissioning, sale, set up and upkeep of at least 2,000 further pumps over the following three years. In response to suggestions from the pilot, the project may even roll out over 500 drip irrigation systems (DIS) which are designed to optimise efficiency of irrigation while also protecting groundwater sources from over-abstraction. The systems are available a variety of sizes to swimsuit each farmer’s wants with rent buy financing out there to unfold the cost, making the techniques more affordable.
“Bonergie Irrigation SAS may be very proud that InfraCo Africa has determined to develop an in depth partnership with us as a shareholder”, says Gabriele Schwarz, CEO of Bonergie Irrigation SAS. “Their tremendous experience will assist us to supply a minimal of 2000 pumps and 500 drip irrigation methods to rural farmers in a sustainable means. The nexus of Water-Energy-Food is considered one of the major topics for the coming years and Bonergie Irrigation SAS and InfraCo Africa are in an ideal place to develop this market in Senegal.” It is anticipated that Phase II of the Bonergie Irrigation venture shall be co
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