Bangalore-based Karuturi Global Ltd, founded by Sai Ramakrishna Karuturi, is the worlds largest producer of cut flowers. In 2008 Karuturi invested in agriculture in Africa through its Dubai holding company, Karuturi Overseas. Ethiopia and Karuturi signed an agreement in November 2010 for a long-term lease on 11,000 ha in the Oromia Region and a 50-year lease on 100,000 ha in the Gambela Region, with an option for another 200,000 ha if the company completed the project within two years. By 2012 only 12,000 ha were planted with rice and corn, prompting the government to renegotiate the lease and reduce the landholding to 100,000 ha. Human Rights Watch, The Anywaa Survival Organisation, and other opposition movements have accused the Ethiopian government of forcing farmers from the area leased to Karuturi (and other international companies) to resettle via the ‘villagization’ program, and violent repression, but on May 18th, 2012, the US government denied allegations of coercion and abuse on behalf of this program. Karuturi has failed to make satisfactory progress (just 5% of the area is under cultivation in 2013), causing the Ethiopian government to rewrite policy and only lease more than 5,000 ha if an initial project is completed in a timely manner. On April 22nd, 2013, the Kenyan government found Karuturi guilty of tax evasion for nearly $11 million.