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

Following a successful 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 proceed supporting the scale up of the challenge.
Under the new agreements, InfraCo Africa will maintain a large minority shareholding in Bonergie Irrigation, committing a further US$2.4 million to considerably scale up farmers’ entry to high quality irrigation options 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 tools specialist Bonergie Senegal to establish Bonergie Irrigation, a neighborhood Special Purpose Vehicle, to pilot the implementation of over one hundred 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 partners at Bonergie Irrigation to substantially scale up our providing to farmers in Senegal. Access to solar-powered irrigation solutions will substitute current diesel pumps, providing farmers with a more 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 maintenance of a minimal of 2,000 additional pumps over the subsequent three years. In response to suggestions from the pilot, the challenge will also roll out over 500 drip irrigation methods (DIS) which are designed to optimise effectivity of irrigation while additionally protecting groundwater sources from over-abstraction. The techniques are available a variety of sizes to suit each farmer’s needs with rent purchase financing obtainable to spread the cost, making the systems extra affordable.
“Bonergie Irrigation SAS is very proud that InfraCo Africa has decided to develop an in depth partnership with us as a shareholder”, says Gabriele Schwarz, CEO of Bonergie Irrigation SAS. “Their large experience will help us to produce a minimum of 2000 pumps and 500 drip irrigation methods to rural farmers in a sustainable method. The nexus of Water-Energy-Food is likely one of the primary subjects for the approaching 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 might be co
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