Partners set to scale entry to solar-powered irrigation solutions 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 venture.
Under the new agreements, InfraCo Africa will maintain a large minority shareholding in Bonergie Irrigation, committing an extra US$2.four million to substantially scale up farmers’ access to high quality irrigation options in Senegal.
It has long been recognised that reliance upon rain-fed agriculture exposes Senegal’s farmers to the consequences of climate change on temperature and rainfall patterns.i In 2019, InfraCo Africa joined with photo voltaic equipment specialist Bonergie Senegal to ascertain Bonergie Irrigation, a neighborhood Special Purpose Vehicle, to pilot the implementation of over a hundred top 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 replace current diesel pumps, providing farmers with a extra sustainable answer to addressing the linked challenges of climate change and meals security.”
The agreements signed at present will see the commissioning, sale, installation and maintenance of at least 2,000 additional pumps over the subsequent three years. In response to feedback from the pilot, the challenge may even roll out over 500 drip irrigation methods (DIS) which are designed to optimise effectivity of irrigation while also defending groundwater sources from over-abstraction. The methods come in a variety of sizes to go properly with each farmer’s needs with rent buy financing obtainable to unfold the price, 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 super expertise 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 doubtless certainly one of the main subjects for the approaching 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 challenge might be co
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