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GALANA KULALU FOOD SECURITY PROJECT.

The Galana Kulalu Food Security project phase one (model farm) is nearing completion with 89% of the infrastructure already installed.  The total cost of the project is at Kenyan Shillings 7.2 billion with 83% of the money already paid to the contractor Green Arava.

During a meeting held at Kilimo house on 21/1/18 chaired by the former Cs’s for Agriculture and Water and Irrigation, it was communicated and directed as a policy that NIB will concentrate on the completion of the remaining infrastructure while ADC will undertake the production phase of the project.

 The project manager Eng. Charles Muasya is ready to handover the completed 6,000 acres of the model farm, to the ADC for production. The remaining 4,000 acres will be completed and handed over by March 2018. The farm production is estimated at 30 bags per acre.

Galana Kulalu project has seen the two governments Kenya and Israel establish a working framework on water resource management, technologies, irrigation and capacity building which was signed in 2009 in accordance with Jerusalem declaration. Based on the Israel expertise in the water sector, the Kenyan side expressed areas of interest and sought assistance and counsel from Israel counter hence coming up with the Mashav-capacity and training on irrigation and drainage programme.

The first group attended the eleven (11) months training in Israel in July 2016 and came back on 25th June 2017. The second group for 11 months training in Israel was concluded with the official flag off conducted by the Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Water And Irrigation on 24th July 2017 at Ministry Headquarters. A list of participants from various agencies and institutions were taken through an interview for selection on 28th March 2017.  A total of 120 students/graduates out of which 41 were nominated directly by NIB made it through the interviews and flew out of the Country from 25th July 2017. The group is participating on spot training for the entire period of 11 months to be back on June 2018. The training program will enable the students (participants) be exposed to various successful technologies that have been implemented in Israel and are able to be adopted back in Kenya.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tana Irrigation Scheme held an environmental awareness day on 15th November, 2017. The activity took place at Hola town. The staff, farmers and other institutions : Kenya Forestry Service, National Environmental Management Authority, Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Public Service Commission, Kenya Red Cross Society and Tbs county radio Hola, participated in the exercise.

Approximately 2,000 seedlings were planted as well as distributed to the young farmers in scheme's Area 6 section . This was followed by a clean-up exercise of a kilometre of the Liberia road.This  also involved collecting polythene bags around the town.

Launch of seed maize production targeting 2000 acres at Bura Irrigation Scheme.

The Board donated 3.2 tonnes of Unga Galana to Eight (8) primary schools in Kilifi County to support the school feeding programme. Each school receiving 400kg.

Speaking during the handing over ceremony, NIB Chairman, Immanuel Imana, said that the government is committed in developing projects top enhance food security in the country.

Galana Kulalu Food Security Project (GKFSP) currently has 2145 acres under crop where harvesting of first 500 acres has commenced.

The total production to date stands at 132,980 bags of 50kg for the 3000 acres already harvested with crop production of 31 bags (90kg) per acre.

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