Deal #6827

Location #1

Spatial accuracy level
Administrative region
Location
Kilifi, Kenya

Target country
Kenya

Location #2

Spatial accuracy level
Administrative region
Location
Tana River County, Kenya

Target country
Kenya

Land area

Intended size (in ha)
202342.0
Size under contract (leased or purchased area, in ha)
4046
Size in operation (production, in ha)
1335
2022
Comment on land area
The phased implementation of the project comprises of 10,000-acre model farm as phase I, followed by 400,000-acre farm as phase II

Intention of investment

Intention of investment
Food crops, Livestock
Comment on intention of investment
One of the project's intended results is to bring down the price of Kenya's staple food (Maize). The project consists of various proposed enterprises including maize, cotton, sugarcane, horticulture and orchards, dairy and beef ranching, fisheries, tourism and recreation, processing industries and human settlement.

Negotiation status

Negotiation status
[2014] Concluded (Contract signed)

Implementation status

Implementation status
[2014-09] Startup phase (no production)
In operation (production)
Startup phase (no production)
Comment on implementation status
Construction started in September 2014. The Government is reviewing the Galana Kulalu irrigation scheme in 2018 due to poor performance and yields obtained. The project has experienced severe delays in the development and poor performance of yields. Green Arava accused the government of failing the project as National Irrigation Board did not make the necessary payments. In 2018, the government was looking for private investors to assist in the project. The current implementation status of the project is 85% for the implementation of the irrigation infrastructure and 51% for the overall irrigation area achieved

Contract farming

Contract farming
No

Operating company

Comment on investment chain
The contract for development and running of project handed to Green Arava Ltd (Israel). Farmland grab states the company name is Agro Green (Israel) and signed a US$ 165 million contract with the government. The Israeli Embassy in Kenya was also involved in the project.

 

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Data source #1

Data source type
Media report
File
Publication title
LETTERS: Collapse of Galana Kulalu project huge blow to taxpayers
Date
2019-03-11

Data source #2

Data source type
Government sources
File
Publication title
GALANA KULALU IRRIGATION DEVELOPMENT PROJECT

Data source #3

Data source type
Media report
Publication title
NYS to lease Galana Kulalu land in bid to revive irrigation project
Date
2019-01-12

Data source #4

Data source type
Media report
Publication title
Private investors to run Galana Kulalu Irrigation project
Date
2018-01-18

Data source #5

Data source type
Company sources
Comment on data source
Green Arava is the contractor hired to undertake the project on behalf of government.

Data source #6

Data source type
Media report
File
Publication title
Why Galana Kulalu project stalled
Date
2019-02-23

Data source #7

Data source type
Research Paper / Policy Report
File
Publication title
The Farmland grab in 2016: how big? how bad? Annexe 1. Land Deals 2016.
Date
2016

Detailed crop, animal and mineral information

Crops area
Corn (Maize)
Comment on crops
Mainly corn, also other fruits and vegetables considered. Flowers and cotton may also be grown. Sugarcane may also be grown
Livestock area
Dairy Cattle, Poultry

Use of produce

Has domestic use
Yes
Domestic use
100

In country processing of produce

In country processing of produce
Yes

Water extraction envisaged

Water extraction envisaged
Yes

Source of water extraction

Source of water extraction
Surface water (River)
Comment on source of water extraction
River Sabaki-Galana

How much water is extracted?

Comment on how much water is extracted
The project has dried up River Sabaki-Galana
Water footprint of the investment project
The project has dried up River Sabaki-Galana

Overall comment

Overall comment
The project had promised to bring down the cost of Kenya's staple food (maize) to Sh75 from then Sh120 in 2015. Sh5.9 billion investment. It is understood that this land is all part of the Galana ranch/irrigation project along with deal #6621.

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