The spirulina farm Morondava in Madagascar With a first successful large-scale experiment in Burkina Faso in 1999, CODEGAZ launched the production of spirulina farm in Madagascar in the town of Morondava in Menabe region to deal with the consequences of moderate malnutrition on island. Implementation and operated in cooperation with SPIRMEN founded by the Diocese of Morondava , the spirulina farm has experienced continuous expansion to reach the end of 2011 a production area of 2500 m2 over 16 ponds and become the unit of production of spirulina the largest of Madagascar and Africa.
Beyond the fight against malnutrition by improving daily nutritional needs , the economic impact of this real “human adventure” are major:
Close cooperation and long-term
From the outset of the project, CODEGAZ brought to SPIRMEN technical expertise through project management of construction sites trays spirulina and financial support. In addition, the expansion of production areas is accompanied by a continuous process of transfer of technical, organizational and financial autonomy to enable management SPIRMEN.
Finally, CODEGAZ maintained its cooperation with SPIRMEN , serving on the management committee of the firm or its expertise in technical and management continue to be required.Moreover, Moreover, CODEGAZ exploring new ways of using spirulina we speak to you when we get more advanced these ….
The first farm for aquaculture of the Spirulina seaweed alga, was launched in Koudougou in 1999 under the auspices of the Catholic Organisation for Development and Solidarity, OCADES (Organisation Catholique pour le Développement et la Solidarité).
The three main objectives at the time were
At present the success of Spirulina (improvement in public health and the nutritional status of the underfed) has led to the extension of existing farms and the setting up of new ones to meet the growing demand in Burkina and in the neighbouring countries.
The farm at Le Petit Séminaire has expanded in stages and now covers 900 m2. Today its average output is 170 kg a month. The farm is managed as a modern plant and since 2000 it is self-financing. It must also generate the necessary assets for its development programme. Nevertheless it is an undertaking with a humanitarian mission. Its chief objective remains giving the public access to Spirulina at a minimum price and distributing the product, even at a loss, among the most destitute. Following quality checks, the product from the farm received Health Ministry approval, in 2005.
The Nayalgue Farm
As of 2001 the amazing success of the Spirulina production at the Koudougou plant resulted in the launching of additional production sites in Burkina, with the assistance of a number of Non Governmental Organisations. The Burkina Government also became involved in a large new project, the Nayalgue farm, in co-operation with the diocese of Koudougou and the French NGO TECHNAP.
Its objectives are: alleviating malnutrition and providing support to HIV/AIDS patients. Nayalgue is a Moore word, meaning “that which expands”. The new plant of 3600 m2 will produce an estimated 8 tonnes of Spirulina a year. There are three target groups which will benefit from its output:
Hence it is a humanitarian undertaking which is now going ahead in Burkina. By “undertaking” we understand a production unit led by a managing director and a team of professional assistants, working to ensure self-financing of the operation. By the qualification “humanitarian”, we refer to the objective of giving the general public, including the very poorest, access to the product.
Other Spirulina Production Sites in Burkina Faso
The Loumbila farm situated 15 km north of the capital Ouagadougou is run by missionaries and nuns, with the help of Antena Technology. This plant of 330 m2 yields 6 gram/ m2/ day, or roughly 50 kg per month.
The farm in Bobo Dioulasso (the 2nd largest town) is a plant financed by the Maltese Order to support a local unit which helps the poorest (street clinics). The farm has two aquaculture basins of 10m2 each. In this way the Order is able to ensure the distribution of about 20 doses of Spirulina a day to small children, aged 1 to 5 years.
The Nanoro farm, located at 75 km north of Koudougou, has two basins of 50m2, built and operated by Camillian priests.
The farm in Ouahigouya (the 4th largest town), in the north of the country, forecasts aquaculture basins of a total of 400 m2. A plant of this size could generate 800 kg of Spirulina annually. The farm is supervised by Mr and Mrs André and Chantal Buhler, residents of Ouahigouya.
The Sapouy farm is in the province of Ziro, 100 km south of Ouagadougou, where two 10m2 basins produce an average of 120 gram of Spirulina a day.
The Sabou farm 85 km from Ouagadougou on the Ouagadougou-Bobo axis. 6 20m2 basins are under construction and will distribute Spirulina algae to the CREN nutritional
centres and to persons in need.
Antenna Technology Partnership
Antenna Technologies, an NGO whose main objective is the fight against malnutrition, decided to develop the culture of spirulina in the developing countries. Tarbiyya Tatali (RAEDD) has
volunteered to be a partner in this project. Tarbiyya Tatali is committed to delivering 20% of the production of spiruline to health services in charge nof fighting malnutrition. The
rest can be sold.
Construction of Aquaculture Basins and Starting Production
The site has been chosen, electricity and water made available, tanks, toilets and buildings constructed, and spirulina sown in tanks. A person is responsible for stirring the tanks of spirulina every hour every day. Spirulina has been put under cultivation at the beginning of the summer 2007 and began production. The Staff responsible for the care of malnourished children in Dogon Doutchi greatly appreciate the effectiveness of spirulina, which shortens the hospital stay of the numerous children in Niger.
Following the appointment of a doctor in each community of the Dogon Doutchi department, sales at subsidized price are now going to develop. Malnourished children will get spiruline treatment for 0.8 euro per child, while the cost price is at 2 euro.
Sales through chemists’shops in Niger and a few exceptional sales in France have resulted in diversification and improvement of the situation, the stock fell to 170 kilos in the summer of 2013, but some wages are still unpaid.