As we told you in a previous article, we had the chance to visit cultivated plots in the North of Dakar and discover and agriculture was managed in the area. From solar energy to meaningful good practices in the fields, the day was full of discoveries.
On our way to Mboro
Thursday, 10am. Kante, that we met 2 days ago, is picking us up at our place to get to the fields to set up a new installation. How nice it is to discover new landscapes. A lot of constructions, but also the only green lung of Dakar, a forest fortunatly now a registered site : the Mbao forest that is 700 hectares large. We then take the toll highway (that has nothing to envy to the French ones, contrasting with the sandy roads of Dakar – except in the city center) and pass through the villages of Sebikhotane, Bayakh, Ndiar, Ndam and Noto. Noto is a small village, nevertheless essential to the life of Dakar. It is the main hub for all the fruits and vegetables that are sold in the markets of Dakar.
On the road, Sadio and Kante explained their vision of the Senegal and its development. Really interesting discussions, we will even write an specific article on this.
We arrive at the fields just on time for a little pic nic, before starting the installation.
The irrigation of the fields: from solar energy to good practices
The irrigation of the fields is made here thanks to 3 drillings and a solar pump, powered by 6 solar panels. The water then arrives in the water tower, that redistributes water thanks to gravity in different receptacles installed in series. Thus, the farmer doesn’t have to go back to the main water point but simply to the closest receptacle. Thus, the drudgery of manual watering is greatly reduced.
Objective of the day: interconnect the 12 receptacles of the plot. Which means install the pipes that will allow their water supply by making holes for the pipes to rely them. A video will come soon to better understand.
Kante knows so many things about renewable energy and it is extremely enriching to talk with him. To tell you, he is actually trying to make his own “arbre à vent“!
It is 6:30pm, the installation is done, we are leaving the fine team, after a little souvenir pic, and hitting the road back to Dakar, where we will savor a delicious braised chicken for Mahery, and a famous Kedjenou chicken for me.