How GALANA-KULALU Project Can Succeed

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How GALANA-KULALU Project Can Succeed

Post by ipo » Sun Mar 31, 2019 4:32 am

“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.” ... cts/galana
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The Galana/Kulalu Food Security Project seems to have run into serious headwinds. Not surprising because Israel’s Green Arava Ltd’s job was to make sure the project achieved exactly that - FAILURE.

My humble advice to the people managing the project: If you want the project to succeed, it must be run by Kenyans 100%. This is because the world is not what it seems.

For instance, National Youth Service could be incorporated into the project. This is because, apart from the necessity of having Kenyans manage/run the project, the people selected to supervise and do the actual labour in the farms need to be very disciplined.

The farms could also be the perfect place to have college interns(especially from the area) horn their practical skills whilst working there during their holidays, thus lowering production costs. The interns gain, the local counties gain, the country gains.

Read the following threads to understand why it is imprudent to depend on external organisations to help with the project:

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GALANA-KULALU Project Can Succeed

Post by fourier » Sun Mar 31, 2019 11:55 am

The Israeli company above is Green Arava Ltd. More here: viewtopic.php?f=3&t=3428

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How GALANA-KULALU Project Can Succeed

Post by ipo » Mon Jul 08, 2019 2:30 am

“Since the National Irrigation Board (NIB) took over operations at the multibillion-shilling Galana-Kulalu after falling out with the contractor, it says production cost has gone down significantly, with the blame now shifting to Green Arava, which is accused of inflating expenses.

“[Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mwangi] Kiunjuri says Green Arava had been spending Sh67,000 per acre on other expenses that are related to farming with Sh90,000 on fuel component alone.

“Since NIB took over in the current season, the cost of production has come down to a maximum of Sh45,000 per acre, having more than halved what the contractor has been spending,” he said.

“Another instance of inflation, says the CS, emerged from the Sh700 million bill that the contractor [Green Arava] was demanding before unclogging the water intake that runoff had blocked.

"Mr Kiunjuri said the NIB only used Sh30 million to do the same work. ... index.html

They came, they saw, and they conquered. Green Arava achieved exactly what they had been sent to Kenya to achieve: That is, to make Kenya government look bad in the eyes of its citizens.

Going forward, Kenya has people with PhDs in Agriculture/Horticulture/Irrigation. Time to make use of their expertise in the Galana-Kulalu project.

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