The Government of Kenya through the National Irrigation Board is using irrigation technologies to ensure intensification of production and the opening of new projects in the arid and semi-arid areas to achieve food security in the country. One such project is The Galana/ Kulalu Food Security Project that is hosted by two counties, Kilifi and Tana River. One of its intended results is to bring down the price of Kenya's staple food (Maize).

This involves development of physical infrastructure for viable and economic utilization of the natural resources available within or accessible to the area making up the Galana and Kulalu Ranches including but not limited to water storage, water conveyance and distribution, irrigation, livestock production, aquaculture, road network, land development, eco-tourism, among others. The project consists of various proposed enterprises including maize, sugarcane, horticulture and orchards, dairy and beef ranching, fisheries, tourism and recreation, processing industries and human settlement. 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.

The construction of the 10,000-acre Model Farm commenced on 11th September 2014. The contract was awarded to Green Arava Ltd with funding by Government of Kenya through a financing loan from an Israeli Bank. The implementation of the project is estimated at 89% complete with irrigation infrastructure for 5,000 acres being complete and under production. The contractor is still on site with the final works set to complete by July 2018.

Project Details

To date, 20 center pivots have been installed covering 3,300 acres, pipes for drip irrigation covering 2,000 acres installed and construction of the 2 pumping stations are complete. Other ancillary structures are at different stages of construction.


Under the production component, 5,145 acres have been planted and 118,323 (90kgs bags) harvested and distributed as follows:

  1. 44,996 bags have been sold to State Department of Special programmes and distributed as relief,
  2. 25,222 bags sold to National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) for Strategic Food Reserve 5,556 bags was sold to Kilifi County.
  3. 36 bags milled and distributed to neighboring schools to aid in school feeding program.
  4. 42,513 is stored at NCPB Voi.

Scheduled Activiies

NIB has scheduled other activities necessary to fully operationalize it including: -

  1. Construction of roads and community irrigation projects.
  2. Carrying out a market survey and value addition study and pilots for sustainability of the project.
  3. Continued publicity activities with an aim of showcasing the benefits of the projects to the country.
  4. Settle accumulated taxes levied within the country, lease and other commitments.

Project Phase2

Procurement of phase 2 was terminated to allow for conclusion of the validation of the project with a view of reducing the cost of the project been undertaken by a team from four public universities.

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