Galana Kulalu food security project attracts 15 private investors
The Galana Kulalu Food Security project
located along the Kilifi and Tana River border has started attracting private
investors, through a Public Private Partnership (PPP) model.
companies have already expressed interest in the irrigation-led agriculture
initiative that sits on more than 200,000 acreages.
is according to Water, Sanitation and Irrigation Cabinet Secretary Alice
Wahome, who says the 10,000-acre model farm is complete and expansion on an
additional 10,000 acres is underway.
expansion exercise is being carried out by Twiga Foods Limited through its
large-scale commercial farming partner Selu Limited.
particular project faced some teething problems including the politicization of
the project and Twiga Foods have started the first crop which is almost ready
for harvest,” she said.
“Twiga will take 20,000 acres and we have
enough water to irrigate 10,000 acres immediately and we are on plans to
improve the harvesting to a larger scale.”
private investor is undertaking a pilot farm on 495 acres for different maize
varieties and fertilizer at different stages of maturity to come up with the
most suitable and high-yielding variety.
Wahome stated that the area has at least 300,000 acres of arable land and that
the government, through the National Irrigation Authority, will put up the
infrastructure required in order to enable the private sector to invest in
the national government, we are here to put up an enabling environment for
investments through infrastructure such as water harvesting. The issue of water
pollution we will handle, and I am calling upon Kenyans to be sensitive and
desist from polluting the environment,” said the CS.
Department for Irrigation Principal Secretary Ephantus Kimotho Kimani, who
accompanied the CS, said most investors were inquiring about the type of soil
and availability of water which the government has already addressed.
“In the next month, by the time Twiga is
having bumper harvest, then we will have done the expression of interest for
the other investors,” said Mr. Kimani.
Njonjo, who is the founder of Selu Limited, said his firm anticipates producing
at least 2 million bags of maize every year from 20,000 acres and creating
employment opportunities for about 2,000 people, in that maize crop at Galana
Kulalu matures in 105 days.
other parts of the country, the maize crop takes 105 days here and this means
that with irrigation we can actually do three seasons a year, and when you take
that into account and with the high yields, then this has the capacity of
creating a huge transformation as far as maize is concerned,” Njonjo said.
20,000 acres we anticipate that we can get to as high as 2 million bags a year
and that now starts making a difference in terms of pricing, our objective is
to ensure that with these yields we can then give back to society a lower
priced product that is of very high quality.”
trials at Galana Kulalu have been ongoing with President William Ruto's
administration aiming to use the project to address food security in the
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