The largest irrigation project, Galana-Kulalu has been suspended by parliament as award of the contract was not subjected to competitive bidding. The Israeli firm, Green Arava was awarded the contract without following procurement laws.
Parliament affirmed the contract null and void until further procurement laws are followed, sufficient evidence, report and significant documents are provided to show that the company won the tender.
This project aims at boosting food security, employment opportunities and creating wealth across East African countries. The project set to commence next year will cost KES260 billion and is expected to ease Kenya’s reliance on rain fed agriculture.
The Galana-Kulalu Food Project located in the Coast region will have a substantial area under irrigation as a strategy and entry point for integrated farming for crop, livestock and fish production for local consumption and export.