Plant Production, Animal Production, and Fish Farming are key links in the primary production system at Songhai. All of the things we do in each of these sectors energize one another. After harvest and / or processing of food crops, vegetable, and perennial crops, the residues (by-products), which are commonly thought of as waste, are reinvested back into the production. How is this done?
The by-products generated by livestock - litter and droppings - go to our composting unit where they become raw materials. We turn these animal by-products into compost for use instead of chemical fertilizers to fertilize and maintain the life of the soil on which we grow new food crops for humans and animals again and again. The water that is used to clean the concrete and earthen ponds where fish are raised is recycled and used to irrigate crops.
In addition to their use in plant, animal, and fish production, residues are a valuable raw material. We add value by using these residues by producing energy (bio-energy) in the form of domestic biogas with use of a gasifier. This bio-energy can be used for cooking, lighting, and heating -- and without the risk of polluting the environment or damaging eco-systems.
At Songhai, the environment and nature are key allies that we treat with respect. This principle explains our decision to implement “Organic Generation” and “Total Production Zero Waste.” We call this process 'integrated and sustainable agriculture'. Thus, people eat healthy and are able to live better and longer lives.
At Songhai, organic production is considered the primary sector. It is the engine of rural growth and the basis for the development of the secondary and tertiary sectors.