Khartoum State, Sudan

Regional Productivity Forerunner


Peter led a team of local and international specialists to rehabilitate a failed irrigation scheme in Sudan, comprising 7500 hectares of land and a 1.5 million cubic metres per day pump-station adjacent to the Blue Nile River. To ensure a successful outcome for the project, comprehensive assessments were made, including complete detailed soil survey, GPS-based topographic survey, proposed project layout, existing river pumps refurbishment, project infrastructure design detailed bills of quantity, climatic data analysis, assessment of local and regional market opportunities, and in-depth financial analyses.

Based on the resulting business plan Peter proceeded to manage its implementation and operations, beginning with the installation of 75 centre-pivots and three lateral-move irrigation systems, along with all associated pumping and pipework infrastructure, and operation of a sophisticated farming equipment fleet. Production focused on alfalfa (lucerne) green-chop and hay, plus maize silage and grain sorghum supplied to the nearby large-scale intensive dairy (milking 1500 cows year-round); alfalfa hay for export to the Gulf region; and wheat supplied to a commercial milling venture in Khartoum.

Challenges Resolved

More than a decade later this large-scale farm continues to operate successfully, even in the face of the prevailing difficult political economy for much of this period in Sudan. Since its success, other irrigation farms adjacent to Al-Waha have begun as seen on recent satellite images, further indication of reap‘s ability to be a forerunner and positively impact regional productivity.

Engagement Statistics


Dates: Aug 2006 – May 2009

Location: Sudan, Khartoum State

Land Area: 7,500 ha (18,533 ac)

Köppen Climate: Bwh (tropical/sub-tropical desert)

Client Type: family-owned conglomerate

Service: turnaround with extensive re-development

Production: alfalfa (lucerne), maize, wheat, grain sorghum

Crop Water Source: irrigation (rainfall = 140 mm p.a.)

Website: DAL Group: Making Sudan a Better Place to Live

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