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AGROMINE PILOT PROJECT : SOL BENI

 IN DABOU, COTE D’IVOIRE

TMG has started '' SOL BENI'', the first pilot project for Agromine  on a plot of 52 hectares near the Camp Papidja in partnership with the village of Grand Bouboury in Dabou, located at 50 km from Abidjan.

The 5000 inhabitants of Grand Bouboury live mainly on production of rubber and cassava, a grain which is transformed into the rich nurturing semolina named attiéké. TMG is setting up a cooperative of twenty women dedicated to the production of attiéké.

TMG plans to enable the youth and women of Grand Bouboury to achieve financial independence and food security by creating job opportunities, increasing income revenue, and developing a value chain of activities ranging from production to marketing. TMG  allocated a start-up budget of 14 Million CFA.

On the Sol Beni plot, the slightly sloping land surface is covered with sparse vegetation with a small shoal near a dripping river. A complete soil study of the 52 ha is done by using drone innovation and technology  as the team develops the exploitation of the plot. 

 

Agromine focuses on the development of perennial crops, food crops and market gardening cash crops. The team has started the production of pepper, okra, eggplant, cucumber, and cassava on 5 hectares. The project will handle all phases from the establishment of the plot to the marketing of the crops.

Agrici will follow the Agromine project for the realization of the above- mentioned crops.

PLOT PLANNING

Agriculture is far from being an exact science because the success of an agricultural project depends on several factors including soil condition, environment and climate. It is therefore very important to know the soil texture that is exploited in order to better benefit from it. A complete soil study of the 52 ha is required, but this will have to be done as we progress in the exploitation of the SOL BENI plot. Cleaning and ridging are also important factors in the success of market garden crops.

IRRIGATION SYSTEM

Vegetable crops require water, one of the assets of the site of the plot of SOL BENI is the river that runs nearby. To exploit the river and have a good crop yield, we will need an irrigation system consisting of sprinklers and a motor pump. The importance of having an irrigation system is that it will produce off-season crops and may be useful for other vegetable crops. 

THE CROPS

In the following, you will see the yields and incomes of the selected crops: pepper, okra, cucumber, eggplant and cassava. For this pilot project, the sales revenue of the products only for their first cycle totals 30 500 000 FCFA for an investment budget of 8 267 000 FCFA or 27% of the revenue for the pilot five (5) ha plot.

Note that this operating cost does not take into account the wages of Agromine workers and the purchase of work tools. 

CUCUMBER

It takes 400 g of seed to grow one hectare.The duration of the cycle is 2-3 months, with a yield of 25-30 t / ha and a minimum recipe of 6,000,000 FCFA per cycle. Cucumber has 4 production cycles per year.​​

EGGPLANT​

It takes 400 g of seed to grow one hectare.The duration of the cycle is 4-5 months, with a yield of 20-25 t / ha and a minimum recipe of 7,500,000 FCFA per cycle. Eggplant has 2 production cycles per year.

​​PEPPER
 
 
 
 
 
 
It takes 500 g of seed to grow one hectare.The duration of the cycle is 3 months, with a yield of 8-10 t / ha and a minimum recipe of 10 000 000 FCFA per cycle.  Pepper has 2 production cycles per year.​​
OKRA

 

 

It takes 10 kg of seed to grow one hectare. The duration of the cycle is 3-4 months, with a yield of 10-20 t / ha and a minimum recipe of 4,000,000 FCFA per cycle. Okra has 3 production cycles per year.

                 CASSAVA

 

 

 

 

It is one of the most important food crops in humid tropical Africa. It takes 10,000 cuttings to grow one hectare.The duration of the cycle is 12 months, with a yield of 15-30 t / ha and a minimum recipe of 3 000 000 FCFA per cycle. Cassava has 1 production cycle per year.