The use of drip irrigation technologies allow significantly greater agricultural yields than industry averages, resulting in optimized use of farmland, water, and other inputs. From an environmental impact perspective, drip irrigation provides more efficient application of water and fertilizers (fertigation), as well as more stringent control of waste.
The project will have a high flexibility of mix between the production of sugar and ethanol, allowing for rapid reaction to changing market conditions for these products. Specific focus has gone into the development of the cogeneration power plant which will use high-pressure multi-fuel boilers and fluidized beds, condensation turbines with steam extraction and cycle with reheating and regeneration. The cogeneration plant is integrated into the project, supplying electricity and steam to the sugarcane mill, tomato paste plant, and the irrigation system.
Rotation between sugarcane and tomatoes offers several agronomic benefits, such as the interruption of the soil pest cycle and the effective cycling of nutrients from tomato to sugarcane, and vice versa. Precision agriculture, with active monitoring and control and autopilots, will mitigate soil compaction, enhance effectiveness of fertigation and irrigation activities, and reduce the risk of damage to crops during mechanized agricultural processes.
Drip irrigation allows for more efficient planting and harvesting, higher agricultural yields, and better use of water and fertilizers, minimizing costs and environmental impacts.
Logistics and Irrigation
Because it is a greenfield project built around a contiguous land area, internal logistics have been designed to maximize efficiency, with roads and irrigation canals planned and optimized in an integrated design, using detailed geoprocessing systems.
Engineering and Project Planning
All aspects of the project were executed with the use of state-of-the-art tools, including topographic studies for the elaboration of digital terrain models with LIDAR technology (laser mapping), integrated pest control programs, GPS soil mapping, and construction of daily climatic databases based on the last 35 years of observations. Furthermore, the Terracal team utilized other specialized applications that integrate soil and topographical data, allowing for a better design of the drainage system, roads, planting lines, canals, and electrical systems.
Pump House for the Pre-Operational Program Irrigation System