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Guinea launches study on financing pineapple farmers’ irrigation schemes

The Delivery Unit of the Office of the Prime Minister of Guinea has launched a study on financing irrigation schemes for farmers in the pineapple value chain.

Guinea Delivery Unit

Participants at the launch of the study. Photo credit: Le Bureau d’Exécution Stratégique du Premier Ministre de Guinée

Through the pilot initiative, the Delivery Unit will target several farmer cooperatives in Maférénya and Kindia regions, with the goal of increasing their farm yield (from 30 to +50 tons per hectare), farm level productivity, area of arable land per farmer and time saved from manual farm chores.

Also, availability of water on a regular basis due to the irrigation kits contribute to raising the quality of pineapple to international standards, thus creating new and additional market opportunities for farmers.

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The Delivery Unit under the Office of the Prime Minister of Guinea aims to accelerate the implementation of Government flagship initiatives through the development and incubation of effective, sustainable, and results-oriented implementation and governance approaches. Pilot projects are focused on agriculture, mining and leadership development.

It also launched a study to set up an affordable Equipment Financing Scheme for pineapple producers to procure irrigation kits, working in partnership with financial institutions and equipment vendors. Current financial products are not aligned with farmers’ cash flow and income streams, making most equipment financing mechanisms unfit for agriculture lending. To increase access to irrigation equipment, farmers require financial products with flexible repayment terms that match their income.

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Working with the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Industry, the Delivery Unit will focus on developing the pineapple value chain by focusing on three priority interventions:

  • Land preparation: support land extension, preparation and irrigation in order to double land dedicated to pineapple production by 2020, from 400 to 800 hectares.
  • Access to fertilisers: improve access and use of fertilisers to increase productivity by 70% by 2020, from 30t/ha to 50t/ha.
  • Marketing: increase international exports to reach 2,500 tons/year by 2020.

“This financing mechanism for irrigation equipment is a tangible initiative towards economic development, enabling farmers to be empowered,” says a senior representative from a local commercial bank.

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“This mechanism will enable the development of the pineapple industry through access to finance to achieve the objectives we have set for ourselves by 2020,” adds the President of the Federation of Fruit Growers in Basse Guinée.

The Delivery Unit launched a study to set up an affordable Equipment Financing Scheme for pineapple producers to procure irrigation kits, working in partnership with financial institutions and equipment vendors. Current financial products are not aligned with farmers’ cash flow and income streams, making most equipment financing mechanisms unfit for agriculture lending. To increase access to irrigation equipment, farmers require financial products with flexible repayment terms that match their income.

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