Project General Description
The Rice Project of the Compagnie Agricole de Saint-Louis (CASL) in Senegal has been initiated to contribute to food self-sufficiency in Senegal. Its implementation will increase rice production and reduce food imports, which will have a positive impact on the balance of payments and job creation. The project should enable local farmers to have access to water through an irrigation network and receive technical support for developments. The project is divided into four operational components, namely: (i) development of 4,000 net hectares of irrigated rice in the Senegal River Delta to produce 56,000 tons per year of paddy rice; (ii) contracts with farmers for the production of a minimum of 9,000 tons per year of paddy rice; (iii) storage capacity of 30,000 tons of paddy rice; and (iv) production and marketing of 45,000 tons of white rice per year on the local market. In terms of infrastructure, within the context of this project, two separate sites will be developed in the Municipality of Diama comprising community amenities with total control of water including a channel network calibrated for 3,500 ha, a collector-drainage network and an electric pumping station for drainage water covering a basin of 4,250 ha, power lines and tracks; an irrigated area of 2,024.5 ha for rice farming operated under local authorities control comprising plots, a network of irrigation canals and field drainage, and farm buildings; an agro-industrial site including a dryer, paddy rice storage silos and 2 milling lines with a capacity of 8t / h.