The production services
Mechanisation is the key to success in agricultural production. But mechanisation is initially associated with a high level of investment and also requires good utilisation of the machines in order to pay off. Whereas in the past every farmer in Europe kept all the necessary machinery, including combine harvesters, in his own stock, this has changed completely today. Small, medium and sometimes even large farms use the highly professional services of contractors for certain seasonal activities. Some even outsource field and harvesting work completely to service providers, who work with large tractors and combine harvesters that are always perfectly maintained. This saves investment capital and ensures transparent calculation and favourable cost structures through fixed prices per hectare. CALAFI offers all the services required for the management of agricultural land as part of its 360° service.
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Whether directly after harvesting or before sowing, good soil preparation is the absolutely necessary prerequisite for mechanised work in the subsequent production stages. No seed drill or combine harvester can work properly without well prepared soil and, above all, a uniform field pattern.
Ploughing, cultivating and harrowing
Whether you need soil cultivation with a plough and packer roller or with a cultivator or disc harrow. CALAFI has the right implements and tractors for all soils and areas in its portfolio. We will be happy to advise you on the selection of the right equipment for your needs and, with our GPS systems on board the tractors, calculate exactly according to the area worked.
The German proverb "You made your bed, now sleep in it". applies 100% to sowing in agriculture. A well-prepared seedbed enables precise placement of the seed with uniform sowing depth, good soil structure and a field pattern that is so even that weed hoeing and later harvesting with the combine run perfectly.
Fine harrowing, compacting, precision harrowing
After ploughing, cultivating or a first pass with the disc harrow, the power harrow with following roller and harrow is the perfect implement for a perfect seedbed. The power harrows we use can be combined with both the D9 seed drill and the PRECEA precision air seeder to harrow and sow in one pass. It doesn't get any more efficient than this.
CALAFI offers three variants of mechanical seeding that are perfectly adapted to the most important crops in Togo. With our PRECEA precision seeders, we have the perfect equipment for maize, soybean and cotton. With the drill-seeders, we can sow rice, sesame, sorghum and other cereals in close row spacing. And with the tanks on our disc harrows, we can sow rice in wet cultivation.
Precision seeding, drilling and broad seeding
With the precision precision air seeder PRECEA from Amazone CALAFI can infinitely adjust row spacings of 45 cm for soy, 75 cm for mush and 90 cm for cotton. All machines are equipped with an integrated fertiliser function that applies fertiliser directly with sowing.
For cereals, CALAFI uses the D9 drill seeder. It sows in rows 12 to 25 cm apart and can be combined with the power harrow.
We carry out broad seeding, e.g. for rice in wet cultivation, in one operation with the harrow or cultivator by installing a fertiliser tank on the implements.
Weeding is the best method to prevent the spread of weeds in the early stages, especially for organic farming. The so-called blind harrowing is carried out directly after sowing, i.e. when no plants are visible yet. Further passes with the harrow are made until the 3-leaf stage is reached.
Harrowing for organic soy cultivation
As the largest exporter of organic soy to the EU, Togo knows the importance of this important crop. To ensure that weeds do not have a chance and that the harvest is significantly higher, we offer a first stalk pass directly after the single-grain sowing, which we then repeat in the following weeks until the soy plants have reached the 3-leaf stage.
In organic farming, especially with soy, continuous and precise weed control is of extreme importance, because the weeds consume the nutrients and water intended for the soy plants and if they get too high and overgrow the soy plants, the power of the sun is also missing. With our mechanical hoes, all this is avoided and instead of 0.5 t/ha, the yield increases up to 4.0 t/ha.
Weed hoes for soybean cultivation
With the precision hoes from the German manufacturer SCHMOTZER, the inventor of mechanical hoeing technology, CALAFI not only removes the weeds but also ensures good aeration of the soil after sowing and a high further absorption capacity of the soil for the necessary irrigation. Hoeing has an extremely positive effect on the crop yield and is an absolute necessity for all those who grow soya professionally and for whom high yields per hectare and the corresponding profit are important.
The application of fertiliser is an essential factor for harvest success. The even distribution of the currently very expensive mineral fertiliser is very important for plant cultivation and economic reasons. The fertiliser spreaders used by CALAFI from the market leader AMAZONE ensure high acreage output, perfect, even distribution of the fertiliser and corresponding harvest success.
Spreading and procuring fertiliser
We use both mounted and trailed fertiliser spreaders for the very large areas. As an authorised and certified fertiliser importer, CALAFI also offers a complete service. This includes the procurement and delivery of UREA and NPK fertilisers as well as special fertilisers for particular soil conditions and crops. In order to ensure an optimal supply of nutrients to the soil, we can, on request and in cooperation with the laboratory of the German farmers' associations, take samples of the soil, analyse them and, based on this, make recommendations for efficient fertilisation.
Crop protection with biocides is absolutely necessary in conventional cultivation to avoid crop losses, even total failure, and thus also to make an important contribution to food security for the population. CALAFI uses AMAZONE crop protection sprayers, which ensure precise and thus economical application of the biocides.
Plant protection services
We offer a complete service in the area of crop protection, which includes both the application of products provided by the customer and the procurement of the appropriate biocides. Our crop protection sprayers with a working width of 15 metres ensure a high area performance and a correspondingly favourable application.
The harvest is the culmination of every harvest cycle. That is why it also receives our full attention. For harvesting, threshing and cleaning, we use CLAAS combines, the world market leader in this segment. With the CROP TIGER, we have a specialist on board for harvesting rice in wet cultivation, and the DOMINATOR, the most widely built combine harvester in the world, is the workhorse for all crops.
Harvest service with combine harvesters
With a cutterbar width of 4.20 m, the DOMINATOR manages 20 to 30 ha per day, depending on the crop, in the usual 24-hour harvesting operation. With the CROP TIGER, this value is 10 to 15 ha. Both machines thus ensure a quick harvest when the time is right. The large grain tanks ensure effective work and relaxed harvesting logistics. CALAFI has cutterbars and sieves for the combine harvesters for maize, rice, soya, short-stem sorghum and, on request, for other types of grain.
Despite large grain tanks, combine harvesters can only work efficiently if the timing of the harvest removal is perfectly synchronised. We calculate the optimal setup taking into account the harvesting capacity, grain tank size, distance to the storage area, size of the transport vehicles and the nature of the routing.
Transport logistics from field to warehouse
Based on the needs calculations, we create a resource plan for the required tractors and trailers. And these are then already in place as soon as the combine starts its work. When planning, we naturally like to take into account suitable, existing means of transport and capacities and then supplement these with our own.