The Savalou Center is located at Kpakpassa, in the Zou region in
the center of Benin. The center boasts a surface area of 210 hectares
and possesses the possibility of expansion. This new Songhai site
has been receiving Beninise agro-biology students since January
young people (beginning January 1999):
Plant production through
large-scale farming using agricultural machinery, ox-driven
plowing, and irrigation. Products include maize, peanuts,
soybeans, cassava, "niébé", yam,
fruit trees (mostly oil palm, mango, papaya and coconut),
market gardening, and tree cultivation (including trees
whose biomass contributes to soil fertilization such as
cajanus-cajan, leuceana, moukouna, moringa oleifera).
Production of a variety of
animal species: pigs, cattle, grasscutters (African giant
bushrat), turkeys, Rhode Island Red chickens, laying hens,
guinea fowls, etc.).
Agricultural processing to
add value to the products and create new production opportunities.
Maintenance and repair of
the farm's vehicles and agricultural tools through the installation
of a mechanic workshop.
-A water tower for irrigating crops during the dry season.
-A large-scale plant production using agricultural machinery (mostly
maize, peanuts, soybeans, cassava, yam, and fruit trees).
- Market gardening during the dry season.
- Various animal species (mammals, poultry, etc.).
- Processing of agricultural products.
The opportunities offered by the Savalou Center assure it a promising
future within the Songhai movement. The effective use of the large
portions of available land is capable of adding a real momentum
to agricultural production.
Savalou Songhai consists of three separate locations with a total
surface area of 214 ha, distributed as follows:
KPAKPASSA, 123 ha located 13 km from Savalou
AMANZON, 65 ha at 4 km further to the south-west of Kpakpassa
ZOUNGUEME, 26 ha at 5 km to the south west-of Kpakpassa.
also possesses the following characteristics:
- The fifth class of student farmers in training.
- Mastery of the different stages of space utilization.
- Mastery of the technology of geo-concrete construction.
- The installation of a plumbing system of potable water within
a rural context.
- The installation of an urban-style electrical system.
- The construction of a hydraulic dam and the development
of dry season plant production via water storage.
- The establishment of a "hydrogen bank" which encourages
the fertilization and regeneration of the soil through the
planting of fast-growing leguminous species (leucaena, acacia,
and Angola peas).
- The existence of a retail outlet in the town's center for
the sale of the farm's products.
- The creation of a community center for communication, offering
office and computer services, thereby allowing the village
population access to new communication and information technologies.
- A digital system of radio communication (telephone, fax,
file transfer) that links Savalou to the other sites.