To enable CSS to expand its sugarcane cultivation in a cost-effective and sustainable way, despite challenging growing conditions.
Type: Open field
Size: 3500 HA
CSS – the Senegalese Sugar Company – needed to increase its production capacity by expanding its cane plantation into a desert-like area plagued with sandy soils and limited water. Netafim’s profound understanding of how to cultivate sugarcane plantations allowed it to deliver CSS with the optimal precision irrigation infrastructure based on climate, soli type, and available water and human resource. A focus on capacity building enabled CSS to quickly prepare the new plantation, while automated precision irrigation systems allowed vast planted areas to be managed cost-effectively. Despite tough growing conditions, CSS saw yields of 150-160 ton/ha, extended ratoon life and a 2% increase in sucrose content. Payback on the investment was fast thanks to significant yield increases and reduction in inputs such as water, labor and fertilizer costs.
This project included everything from initial feasibility and a POC, to the design and construction of the bulk water supply, training growers in the use of automated precision irrigation systems, and ongoing agro-techno support to ensure year-on-year productivity gains.