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Kiambere Farm

1,000 Acres

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FACTS & FEATURES

General

Land Owner

Tana and Athi River Development Authority (TARDA)

Site Availability

EOI Closed, Receiving RfPs

The Tana and Athi River Development Authority (TARDA) has owned the site since 1984 when dam construction commenced. Between 1996 and 2005, a 350-acre irrigated farming project was established around the dam, featuring a variety of crops. However, declining reservoir water levels led to discontinuation due to prohibitive costs. TARDA now seeks new development prospects, including agricultural leases, solar panel installations, or tree plantations, for the surrounding land.

View the Kiambere Farm LCI site map here

The site is suitable for tree plantation (reforestration or fruit production) and vegetable production when irrigation is available, for wildlife conservancy, or for solar energy production.

The acreage specified for this site reflects the general size of the area available for leasing.
Investors can lease the entire site or opt for smaller land portions within the overall area.

This land site offers diverse soil profiles.

  • All profiles have a similar chemical composition, with slightly acidic pH and generally low nutrient levels that can be compensated by adequate fertilization plans.
  • This kind of soil is suitable for many kinds of crops.
  • A permanent soil canopy is necessary to avoid erosion.

Note: The provided information is drawn from a pre-liminary suitability report conducted by the
Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development (MoALD) and only provides a high-level
overview. Investors may to perform their own suitability assessments.

  • Kiambere Farm is located in a semi-arid zone.
  • Temporal and spatial rainfall variability is increasing with climate change in these zones.
  • Annual rainfall in the area stands between 400 mm and 700 mm.
  • Mean average temperatures are high, evapotranspiration is high in the area.

Note: The provided information is drawn from a pre-liminary suitability report conducted by the
Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development (MoALD) and only provides a high-level
overview. Investors may to perform their own suitability assessments.

  • The water source for Kiambere Farm is the Tana River.
  • The catchment is fed by two rainy seasons: the long rains from March to May, and the short rains from October to December. The mean annual rainfall distribution in the catchment varies from more than 1 500 mm per year in the upper zones (>3900m above sea level) to less than 250 mm per year in the lower and most arid zones.
  • The water quality is good for irrigation purposes.
  • The Kiambere Farm access is facilitated by the dam operation that secured good access to the power plant.
  • A power grid is not immediately available on site.
  • However, a 82.5 MW power plant is located at the Kiambere dam, 3.5 km away from the site meaning that power is available near the site once the power grid is extended.

LOCATION

Kiambere Dam