The newly constructed Soroti Main Market is expected to boost
local revenue collection in Soroti City.
The 27 Billion Shillings market was constructed under the Market
and Agricultural Trade Improvement Program Project-2 MATIP-2 with funding from
the African Development Bank.
Constructed by TECHNO 3 Uganda Ltd, Soroti Main Market is expected
to accommodate at least 2,000 vendors with provisions for corporate businesses
like banking, radio stations and stationery bureaus among others. It has 520
lockups, 288 pitches and 493 stalls among others.
Soroti Central Market is powered by solar energy for lighting and
storage of fresh foods and vegetables to avoid losses caused by constant
electricity blackout in the city. The facility is also connected to the solar
water pumping system that is independent of the National Water and Sewerage
Moses Otimong, the Soroti City Clerk, says that they have been
collecting about a quarter of their projected local revenue of two billion
shillings because of unreliable revenue sources. He explains that
operationalization of Soroti Main Market will be a big boost to the city
According to Otimong, they expect to collect One Billion Shillings annually
from the new market.
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Raphael Magezi, the Local Government Minister says the
construction of Soroti Main Market will steer development in the Teso Sub
Region especially with the high food production.
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According to Soroti City authorities, vendors will occupy the market in
December after verification.