SPRINKLER IRRIGATION SYSTEM
GOOD AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES WERE WIDELY ADOPTED
In the producer group that was benefitted with the sprinkler irrigation system, better and more stable yields were achieved. Good agricultural practices were widely adopted; especially in the group benefitted with the sprinkler irrigation system. Time that otherwise was dedicated to manual irrigation could now be spent on the implementation of best practices. In addition, female producers (especially single mothers) could spend more time on their children.
With the tractor, trailer and compost turner, and the construction of a roofed site of 2.500 m2, a production capacity of 1.200 MT compost could be created, as amendment to create healthy soils, rich in organic matter. A small stock of 1.600 plastic returnable crates could be bought, to start sales trials directly with supermarkets, that demand year round supply and quality. What is lacking are cold stores in Tambacounda and Dakar to start these trials.
With the support of Agrofair and others, the seeds are planted for higher productivity, better quality and a stable supply, to serve the high-end and rewarding banana markets in the urban centers.
What is needed now is leadership to transform APROVAG in a truly flourishing social company, bankable and capable of realizing investments in sprinkler irrigation in other producer groups and in cold stores to set up a robust commercial network. And pathways need to be find for a gradual take-over of the commercial networks of the bulk bananas sales.
The projects have finished, but Agrofair is willing to give technical advice to APROVAG when needed.