The Star (Nairobi)

22 August 2014

Kenya: Israel Farm Tender Award Questioned

The National Assembly Agriculture committee has questioned the award of Sh14.5 billion for the Galana-Kulalu Irrigation Project, a day after the government signed a contract with an Israeli firm to develop a 10,000-acre model farm.

The committee said the government signed the contract without securing the Sh11 billion that the Israeli government is expected to pump into the project.

One million acres will be put under irrigation.

Early this week, the National Irrigation Board signed a contract with Green-Arava, the parent company of Agri-Green Consultants, who undertook a Sh920 million consultancy on the irrigation technologies for the project.

Committee members questioned the contract after it emerged that Green-Arava is a parent company of a consultant who won the tender for pre-feasibility study and designs.

In the proposal before the award of the consultancy, Agri-Green of Israel, working in a consortium with local firms -Amiran and Enviro-plan- proposed implementation of 10,000 acre model farm.

The farm was to test the technologies that would be recommended and specifically the government concept of the development of Galana/ Kulalu food security project.

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