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

Following Unsung , 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 model new agreements, InfraCo Africa will maintain a large minority shareholding in Bonergie Irrigation, committing a further US$2.4 million to substantially scale up farmers’ access to prime 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 determine Bonergie Irrigation, a local Special Purpose Vehicle, to pilot the implementation of over a 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 continue working with our partners at Bonergie Irrigation to considerably scale up our providing to farmers in Senegal. Access to solar-powered irrigation solutions will substitute existing diesel pumps, offering farmers with a extra sustainable solution to addressing the linked challenges of climate change and meals security.”
The agreements signed at present will see the commissioning, sale, installation and upkeep of no less than 2,000 further pumps over the subsequent three years. In response to suggestions from the pilot, the challenge will also roll out over 500 drip irrigation techniques (DIS) that are designed to optimise effectivity of irrigation whilst additionally defending groundwater sources from over-abstraction. The systems come in a spread of sizes to suit each farmer’s wants with hire purchase financing available to unfold the fee, making the methods more inexpensive.
“Bonergie Irrigation SAS could be very proud that InfraCo Africa has determined to develop a detailed partnership with us as a shareholder”, says Gabriele Schwarz, CEO of Bonergie Irrigation SAS. “Their large experience will assist us to supply a minimum of 2000 pumps and 500 drip irrigation methods to rural farmers in a sustainable way. The nexus of Water-Energy-Food is likely one of the primary topics 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 venture will be co
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