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  • TRIOMF RDC FERTILIZER PRODUCTION TESTS

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    Discover the plant on the harbour port of Boma in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Since 2014, this production facility is part of a limited company with a public-private partnership. Explore the factory by viewing the video below.

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  • SILO CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS

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    We are installing the final silo bridges. These bridges connect the grain tower with each other. A inclined conveyor method is used to fill these towers with the harvested grain.

  • MARKETING AT MINI MARCHÉ – MASSINA

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    The chain of Mini Marché shops have started a marketing campaign promoting the new look of the shops. There also might be a competition in the near future – STAY TUNED!

  • MAIZE STORED IN THE SILO COMPLEX FOR THE FIRST TIME

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    The first maize is stored in a wet holding bin after which they will be transferred to a dryer at a later stage. The fact that we are able to store the maize directly on the farm is a great achievement. For more, please visit the Silo Complex gallery.

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Pump Station and Dams

An intricate and state-of-the-art water supply scheme has been developed to make advanced irrigation on the farm possible. The first stage of this implementation was a pump station from where water could be pumped from the river to a reservoir for further dispersion. This river flight station consists of 2 x 332kW flight submersed pumps which pushes water up from the river to reservoir the dams.
Water will then be pumped from the river for 2,3km to the booster station, from here the water will be pumped a further 1,4km to the main dam using 8 high pressure pumps of 132kW each. This booster pump station disperses more than 4 million litres of water per hour.
From here the main reservoir dam, water will be pumped to the pivot irrigation system and to the water sanitising unit to supply drinking wat to the farm and surrounding villages.

Pump station and Dam xl

Please note all photo's are for illustration purposes only.

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S.E. PARC AGRO INDUSTRIEL DE BUKANGA-LONZO
WELCOME TO THE EXCITING FUTURE OF S.E. PARC AGRO DE INDUSTRIEL – THE BRAND NEW AGRICULTURAL BUSINESS PARK CONCEPT UNIQUE TO THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
This first-of-its-kind DRC government initiative commenced early 2014 when a special agreement was reached to start the development of agricultural sectors throughout the country. S.E. Parc Agro Industriel is essentially a concept of agricultural land development with the implementation of the necessary infrastructure to support a self-sustained economic unit. This large scale implementation includes not only the best in plantations but also support structures such as roads, water supply, power lines, housing, hospitals and schools and even a landing strip for aircraft.
The first sector development under the new S.E. Parc Agro Industriel initiative will be at Bukanga-Lonzo. Please continue to explore the following pages for more detailed information about this world famous project.
The S.E. Parc agro family, S.E. du parc agro industriel de Bukanga-Lonzo, Marche international de Kinshasa, Parc Agro-Industriel de Bukanga-Lonzo
ABOUT US
The Agricultural Business Park of the Democratic Republic of the Congo was the first step to a great agricultural reform in terms of the thought processes in Central Africa towards the development of agriculture. The first phase of the Agricultural Business Park is focused on basic crop production (maize). Maize production is unique in that it forms the basis of nutrition for not only humans, but also animals. The production of maize in phase one will therefore form the basis for future animal feed production. Bearing in mind that the main focus is not only creating, a stable agricultural and farming industry but also a sustainable chain of production i.e. from the planting of the basis material (raw material in the form of maize) right through to the final product being a piece of meat in the form of chicken on the consumers’ table.
The first sector development under the new "S.E. Parc Agro Industriel" initiative has commenced in the district of Bukanga-Lonzo, some 260 km South-East of Kinshasa. This 80 000 ha farm and village development offers a new challenge, the first in Africa, of accomplishing the goal of using raw prime land to maximum advantage for all concerned.
Other sectors will follow the pilot project of Bukanga-Lonzo. Other land will be developed not only for effective farming, but also for livestock farming plus several villages all equipped with electricity, and also comprising all the necessary modern day living requirements such as schools, clinics, libraries to maintain this new development from the raw earth.
WEIGHBRIDGE CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS

Weighbridge foundation and slab completed, as well as the weighbridge room and computer room. Installation of the electrical cables is in progress.
SILO CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS

Almost finished with the second silo shell. We are installing the last ring of the silo. After we’ve finished this silo we will begin completing the third silo shell. We are also building foundations for the blowers and fans of these silos’.
GREENHOUSE STRUCTURE CONSTRUCTION
We have started to fit the plastic covers on the first greenhouse.
GREENHOUSE STRUCTURE CONSTRUCTION
We are busy fitting the lock profiles that will hold the plastic in place over the greenhouse structure.
GREENHOUSE STRUCTURE CONSTRUCTION
7 houses today! We are busy cementing down the posts fort the last greenhouse structure.
CONSTRUCTION UPDATE ON THE HOSTELS
Hostel 3 has been completed. All three completed hostels are currently being occupied.
GREENHOUSE STRUCTURE CONSTRUCTION
5 down 7 to go! Five of the tunnels have been completed and preparation to put the plastic up has commenced. Once the plastic covering has been added, installation of the irrigation pipes will start.
SILO CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS
Only one more ring to fit to complete the first drying bin.
CASSAVA FACTORY CONSTRUCTION
The cassava cake receiving chamber and heat converter with cyclone and cooling towers are currently being installed. Getting us closer to the first life run of this factory.
SILO CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS
Another silo base was finished and we still have two more to fully complete.
CASSAVA FACTORY CONSTRUCTION
Currently, we are installing the cassava flash dryer. This is done by a specialised team under the supervision of IITA.
WEIGHBRIDGE CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS
Construction of the weighbridge is going well we will lay the concrete base in the coming week.
MILL CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS
The base foundation will soon be finished for our new mill. Construction will start in the coming weeks.

STONE CRUSHING PLANT PRODUCTION
Crushing plant running full production to supply the builders with the needed sand and stone for building
CONSTRUCTION UPDATE ON THE HOSTELS
Hostel 3 is finished and can be occupied from this coming weekend. This hostel will be able to accommodate 6 people.
SILO CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS
Two silo foundations still in progress, to finish we still need to do the final brickwork and back filling.
WEIGHBRIDGE CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS
Weighbridge foundation in progress, with the start of construction on the bridge structure.
CASSAVA FACTORY CONSTRUCTION STILL UNDERWAY
CONSTRUCTION UPDATE ON THE HOSTELS
Hostel 4 boast with great progress that includes electricity, plumbing, aircon, and beds. We are close to completion and will be able to offer 6 more rooms for boarding.
CONSTRUCTION UPDATE ON THE HOSTELS
We are nearing the completion of Hostel 3. The plumbing for this hostel is on its way from Kinshasa.
CEREMONY HELD TO CELEBRATE THE TURNING ON OF POWER
On the 21st of April 2016, a ceremony was held about 60km from Mongata. The Chief advisor to the Minister of Agriculture graciously opened the ceremony for one of the most important achievements this year at Parc Agro. For more view pictures of this day in our gallery under “TURNING ON POWER CEREMONY”
AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK GROUP VISITS S.E. DU PARC AGRO
We were very excited to welcome the African Development Bank Group at S.E. du Parc Agro. During their visit, we took them on a tour around the farm. We visited the silo complex and feeder factory and showed them where the harvested grains will be temporarily stored. We went to the cassava cultivation area and explained the growing process. Other areas we went to include the pivot dam, power station, and accommodation complex. Please go to our gallery to view the photo’s from the visit.
NEW EQUIPMENT ARRIVE FOR QUARRY WORK
A new EDT Hydraulic Breaker arrived at the park. This machine is fitted on to the SLDG 30 ton excavator. It is used to break the stones that come out of the quarry into more manageable pieces for the stone crushing plant.
PROGRESS ON THE FIRST HOSTEL
We are very excited to say that we are busy with the final work on the first hostel. Please take a look at the images in our gallery under Housing Structure.

PROJECT SUMMARY
BEDNAR ATLAS HO LAUNCHED IN DRC
Bednar machinery connects into a large government project with implements to maintain the new arable area in Parc Agro Bukanga-Lonzo. The project will be running in 3 phases over 80 000 ha, in which 3000 ha as the first arable area and 1600 ha under irrigation. The total arable area is expected to reach up to 20 000 ha. The remainder will be used for fruit and nut planting, housing structures, schools, power plant, water reservoirs, dam, grain silos, roads, industrial zone etc. This project has been running for 3 years with around 500 workers.
SILO COMPLEX PROGRESSING
When completed harvested maize will be stored here for later use and distribution after each harvest season
BIRDS EYE VIEW OF THE WORKSHOPS AND WAREHOUSES
RIVER FLIGHT AND PUMP STATION PROGRESS
After completion, it will be used to take water further up to two large lined dams from where it will supply water to facilities on the farm
PIVOT DAM PROGRESS
After completion water from the river will be stored in a riverside reservoir for further distribution to the central pivot irrigation system
PREPERARING THE PIVOT LANDS FOR COVER CROPS
We are currently preparing the pivot lands for planting cover crops. Cover crops are crops planted primarily to manage soil erosion, soil fertility, soil quality, water and weeds
GROWTH PROGRESS OF THE MAIZE WE PLANTED IN DECEMBER 2015
GROWTH PROGRESS OF THE FIRST MAIZE WE PLANTED IN NOVEMBER 2015
SUNDAY CHURCH AT THE PARC
An informal church is held every Sunday at the Parc. A temporary structure is used as a church where sermons are given and people can come together in prayer. We are currently in the progress of building a church on the Parc
PREMATURE VISITS S.E. PARC AGRO
The first team from Premature came to visit the Parc during the month of December 2015. There was about 35 people who attended. During the visit we took them on a tour to see what exactly we’ve been up-to and the progress that we have made since we started this project. We took them to see the construction taking place of the Pivot Dam, Power Station, Flight Pump Station at the Kwango river and the Silo Complex to name but a few. We also showed them the Quarry and Stone Crushing Plant in action. The visitors was in total disbelief that the project was still so young and that we were only busy for little more than a year since the equipment and material arrived. Some of the visitors went to the Church on the Parc and prayed for the project, we were overwhelmed by this kind gesture from them. May God bless them and this project.

WEIGHT BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION
One of our current project on the park is a weight bridge. This will have multiple uses, but mainly will help with weighing the harvested products. We have currently finished the foundation for the weight bridge as seen on the photo. More updates will follow.
GRAIN STORAGE (SILO COMPLEX) CONSTRUCTION UNDERWAY
The silo complex construction continues. Concrete works in the receiving pits as well as the first and second elevation pits are finished. The foundations are laid out and finished for the silos’ right hand side of the dryer as well as the right sides cooling compartments.
BEDNAR ATLAS HO 8000
As you have seen on a previous news flash, we were very excited to share that the S.E. Parc Agro farm received Bednar Impliments (Atlas HO 8000) for the 2015 planting season. We felt that because we are so impressed with the Bednar Atlaas HO 8000, we wanted to tell you a bit more about how it. This specific implement, the Bednar Atlas HO is a heavy, compact, short disc cultivator, designed for stubble cultivation up to 18 cm. It boasts a Cross Control system to regulate the front disc row working angle. Also an integrated axle for excellent stability even at high speeds and small turn radius. There is also a Twin Disc System that ensures a high material throughput. To view a short demonstration of the Atlas HO visit our Gallery Video section.
STUNNING MAIZE CROPS FOR 2015
Very blessed and proud to be able to say that the maize crops for the 2015 season surpassed our expectations.
MAIN PIVOT - PUMP STATION PLANS
EXCAVATION OF PIVOT DAM
Another 1,5 m needs to be dropped, that is about 170 000,00 cubic meters of soil that we still need to excavate before we reach the desired depth for the pivot dam. As of yet we are about 40% away from completion.
ONE OF THE 1 000 M² WAREHOUSES ARE NEAR COMPLETION, WITH A 4TH ONE STILL IN PROGRESS
MAIN PUMP STATION PROGRESS
PIVOT WATERLINES AND ELECTRICAL CABLES BEING LAID OUT
FLIGHT PUMP STATION LINE
Containers arrive on the Parc with the pipes that will be used for the flight pump station line
SUMP SECTION OF THE FLIGHT PUMP STATION COMPLETED
CONSTRUCTION OF CASSAVA PLANT WAREHOUSE
Construction of the first cassava warehouse has started. This warehouse will be used by the cassava processing factory

SECOND BLOCK OF MAIZE
We started with the second maize block. As seen in the photograph the first block is on the left and second on the right. Follow the growth in our gallery under Maize progress 2015 season
GROWTH PROGRESS OF THE FIRST MAIZE BLOCK PLANTED FOR THE 2015 SEASON
MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE PAYS A VISIT TO S.E. PARC AGRO
S.E. Parc Agro was very excited to have the Minister of Agriculture ( Emile Christophe Mota Ndongo) visit the parc and see first-hand the great work and progress done each day. During his visit he was accompanied by Mr. de Melim (Operations Director) and other officials on a detailed tour of the grounds. The tour included the Cassava and Maize lands, Power station, Quarry, Workshops, Warehouses and Hostels’ to name but a few. More about this visit in our gallery
MAIZE AND FLOUR DISTRIBUTION
The distribution of Maize and Flour has commenced. The available products include: 10 kg and 25 kg Natural White Maize Flour; 10 kg and 25 kg Natural Yellow Maize Flour; 50 kg Natural White Maize; and 50 kg Natural Yellow Maize. The Maize and Flour products are proud products of S.E. Parc Agro du Bukanga-Lonzo and are being distributed among the locals.
BUHLER VERSATILE TRACTORS AND NEW BEDNAR EQUIPMENT READY TO START WORKING
FLIGHT PUMP STATION TAKING SHAPE
CASTING OF THE WALLS HAVE STARTED FOR THE MAIZE RECEIVING PIT
POWERLINE CONSTRUCTION
Powerline construction is progressing according to the set timeline. We hope to start fitting the overhead cables from the 1st of October 2015
PIVOT DAM CONSTRUCTION UNDER WAY
We are busy clearing soil so that we get to the correct depth for the pivot dam. Pipes will run from the dam to the pivots with the needed water supply
NEW CENTRAL GENERATOR SITE
Construction has begun on a new Central Generator Site. Soon there will only be one generator on the Park supplying electricity to all the different section of the Park
WATER AND ELECTRICITY TRENCH BEING LAID OUT TOWARDS THE HOSTEL AND OTHER HOUSING STRUCTURES
THE FLIGHT PUMP STATION CONSTRUCTION IS PROGRESSING NICELY
THE SILO CONSTRUCTION FROM A BIRDS EYE VIEW

THE FIRST MAÏS DE BUKANGA-LONZO CONTAINER STORE IN MUSINA
The first Container Store has been placed in Musina. Here the maize that was planted and harvested on the S.E. Parc Agro site will be sold. This is a great achievement, the product was 100% locally produced in the DRC and we thank everyone that helped to make this possible.
MAIN ENTRANCE PREPARATIONS HAS BEGUN
The first groundworks have begun for the new entrance. We will keep you up to date with the latest development
S.E. DU PARC AGRO MAIN ENTRANCE
Sneak peak of the main entrance that will be built at S.E. du Parc Agro
MAÏZ DE BUKANGA-LONZO CONTAINER STORES IN PROGRESS
You have seen the advertisement, now you get to see a sneak peak of the new Container Stores that will be selling “MAÏZ DE BUKANGA-LONZO”. The first store is almost ready to be revealed. We will be posting this event tomorrow on our website with media links, as well as on the Facebook site.
BEDNAR ATLAS HO8000 ARRIVES AT S.E. PARC AGRO
The first Bednar Atlas HO8000 arrived at the Parc today in 3 containers
SILO PROGRESS
Please follow the silo progress in the gallery under “SILO COMPLEX CONSTRUCTION IS COMING ON NICELY”
NEW CELLULAR TOWER
Vodacom erected a new cellular tower on the S.E. Parc. It went live on the 5th of September 2015
MAIN ENTRANCE PROJECT
Discussion for the Main Entrance has started. We will start with this new and exciting project very soon
CASAVA PROJECT IN FULL STEAM
AIRCRAFT HANGAR COMPLETED
EXCAVATION OF THE RIVER FLIGHT PUMP STATION
Excavation of the river flight pump station begun on the 27th of August at 9h00. Yesterday they reached the required depth of 3,5 meters below the river level. Luckily there was no water filtration and everything went according to plan
SILO COMPLEX CONSTRUCTION IS COMING ON NICELY

NEW TELEVISION ADVERT FOR MAÏZ DE BUKANGA-LONZO
The new television advert for Maïz de Bukanga-Lonzo aired yesterday in the RDC. The maize for this meal was planted and harvested locally at S.E. du Parc Agro. After harvesting it was transported to the milling plant in C.D.I.-Bwamanda Kinshasa, where it was processed and sacked for distribution. We thank each and every one who helped to make this happen. We are all very proud and honoured to be a part of this.
PVC PIPE PRODUCTION STILL GOING STRONG
2 500 meters of PVC Tubing produced for the past week
BUHLER VERSATILE TRACTORS ARRIVE IN MATADI
We are excited to share with you that the Buhler Versatile Tractors that left South Africa a few months back have arrived. Two of the tractors are already loaded and on their way to the “Parc” in Bukanga-Lonzo
MANUFACTURING PVC PIPES LOCALLY
During the past few weeks we have been busy setting up to produce our own PVC pipes. To be able to do it ourselves locally, is a great achievement. We produced 560 meters of pipe with measurements of 50 mm x 5 mm in a mere 24 hour run. Everyone on the “Parc” is very excited and proud of this operation.
OUR NEW FACEBOOK PAGE
We are proud to say that we have entered the social media scene with a new Facebook page. Come browse through our page, like and share with friends and family. Find us “S.E. Parc Agro Industriel de Bukanga-Lonzo”
HOSTEL PROGRESS
The first two hostels are practically finished. Final touches like air conditioning, showers, water and electricity supply will be attended to in the coming weeks. Construction on hostel three and four will commence on Friday. We will keep you up to date.
LOGISTICS
Three of our JAC trucks will transport 60 tons of maize to the mills in Kinshasa. Afterwards they will return with approximately 90 tons of lime to the farm
BRICK PRODUCTION
We produce about 500 bricks per day these are used for construction purposes
NEW WAREHOUSES
Construction of warehouses are progressing fast. Each warehouse is approximately 600 m2 and will be finished by next week
AIRCRAFT HANGAR NEAR COMPLETION
We are excited to say that construction is near completion. Only cladding on one side remains and instillation of the hangar doors

THE FIRST GREEN PEPPERS PICKED
The first green peppers were picked from the local vegetable garden on the site. This gives hope to those in the area for fresh, locally grown products. For most of them these are the first vegetables they have ever eaten
NEW GRAIN STORAGE FACILITY READY FOR CONCRETE WORKS
Construction is moving along swiftly with the first silo ready for concrete work. We willkeep you updated with the progress, in the meantime you can view images in the Gallery section under Construction of the Grain Storage Facility.
BUCKET ELEVATOR PIT AND CONVEYOR TRENCH AT THE SILO SITE
CONSTRUCTION CONTINUES SWIFTLY FOR THE OTHER HOUSING STRUCTURES
FIRST HOUSING STRUCTURES COMPLETED
CONSTRUCTION OF MEDICAL CLINIC UNDERWAY
CONSTRUCTION OF COMMUNITY CENTRE WELL IN PROGRESS
MECHANICAL WORKSHOP FINISHED
Here all the repairs and maintenance will be done on mechanical equipment. Practical training will also be held here in various mechanical areas