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Kirimun Field Unit

20,000 Acres

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FACTS & FEATURES

General

Land Owner

The National Youth Service (NYS)

Site Availability

RFP to open

The Kirimum Field Unit is the biggest out of 22 agricultural sites owned by the National Youth Services (NYS), a semi-autonomous state corporation focused on training young individuals about crucial national matters. This unit specializes in livestock production, tree planting initiatives, and preservation of wildlife.

View the Kirimun Field Unit LCI site map here.

The Kirimum Field Unit LCI site offers a suitable environment for an organization aiming to develop food production for the Kenyan market, specifically focusing on livestock grazing. The site requires strong management capabilities to effectively navigate the pasture production conditions.

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.

  • Profile 1, the "black cotton" soil, is a vertisol with high clay content, notable for its absence of stones and deep cracks when dry. Predominantly located along the main track, this soil retains moisture exceptionally well due to its clay composition, enabling sustained pasture growth even during extended dry spells.
  • Profile 2, found at the edges of "black cotton" soil areas, exhibits lighter texture and color, with increased stone content. Clay content is also high, with good water retention capacity. However, pasture may not sustain dry periods as well as it does with black cotton soils.
  • Along the plateau's sides, the soil takes on an orange hue (profile 3), maintaining high clay content but with more sand.

Organic matter content is generally high. However, nutrient supplements, including phosphorus, calcium, boron, zinc, and nitrogen, are required for optimal fertilization.

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.

  • Annual rainfall in the area is between 200 mm and 600 mm.
  • Rainfall patterns are however unpredictable.
  • Mean average temperatures are high, with mean monthly low temperature always above10°C, and mean monthly high temperature above 20°C.

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.

  • Dams have been constructed for rainwater harvesting. This makes available resources mainly for livestock drinking water.
  • The Kirimun Field Unit is easily accessible with a good asphalt road closer to the farm.
  • An air strip is available on the eastern part of the site, mainly used by the neighbouring ranch visitors.
  • Major equipment using electrical power are supplied from their own generators or by solar panel equipment.
  • A power line is under construction to link the main camp to the national grid.

LOCATION

Laikipia County