The cattle market facility is expected to contain among others; offices for local government personnel, revenue collectors, veterinary doctors and other assorted services for the cattle sellers including paddocks for systematic trade.
Kotido district is to receive a regional cattle market in a move to provide market and veterinary services to the cattle keepers in Karamoja.
The cattle market is expected to contain among others; offices for local government personnel, revenue collectors, veterinary doctors and other assorted services for the cattle sellers including paddocks for systematic trade.
According to Dr Stephen Kajura, the Acting Commissioner for Animal Health, in the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industries and Fisheries, the paddocks will be used to classify the livestock according to age, size, price, category, and regions. This, he said, will ease management of livestock at an international market which is expected to attract traders and sellers across Kenya, South Sudan and Uganda.
The project is estimated to cost government more than 400 million shillings and is part of the World Bank support to livestock infrastructure development in Karamoja worth 6.4 billion shillings under the Resilience Program.
While commissioning the construction work of the market on Tuesday at Lokitelaebu Town Council, Simon Lokodo, the State Minister for Ethics who represented Agriculture Minister, Vincent Bamulangaki Sempijja said the government will spend 6.4 billion shillings on cattle infrastructure in Karamoja and other districts in an effort to improve animal industry.
He said that the other projects being implemented under the Resilience Project includes construction of four valley tanks, 12 cattle markets, closed water shades four quarantine holding grounds and 72 communal crushes, across the districts of Karamoja.
He also advised the leadership of Kotido to supervise the contractor and to ensure value for money.
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The MP Adome Moses Bildard said the market facility for Kotido district is timely and expressed hope that it will serve the purpose for which it's intended.
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The market will also comprise treatment crushes, loading and offloading rums, tyre foot bath among others. The Kotido market facility is expected to be completed by December 2019.