Contract Signing for Livestock Watering and Market Infrastructure
Today the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, Mr. Pius Wakabi Kasajja signed contracts to offset the construction of valley dams, valley tanks and livestock markets by the Regional Pastoral Livelihoods Resilience Project to be located in the project districts of Amudat, Abim, Amuria, Bukedea, Kaabong, Kotido, Katakwi, Kumi, Kween, Moroto, Napak . The infrastructure is aimed at making adequate water available to the pastoral communities in a more sustainable manner.
From the onset available regional and national maps and data on water resources (including infrastructure) their uses and users have been refined and improved. A participatory baseline study of the selected districts was carried out to identify and map locations, capacities and identification of sustainable operational and management systems to be applied to these infrastructure to ensure sustainability.
Specifically the project is funding the construction of 4 valley dams, 8 valley tanks each with an average capacity of 1,000,000 cubic meters and 30,000 cubic meters respectively in locations accessible to pastoral communities in the project districts and along cattle mobility routes; 102 boreholes to be located at cattle markets and communal crushes for communities and for watering their small animals.
The project is also constructing 12 cattle markets with an aim of increasing access to markets and market information by drought-prone communities at national and regional levels through also the establishment of a Livestock Market Information System, this will significantly increase the percentage of pastoralists accessing national and regional market information in the targeted communities through providing a network of information gathering and dissemination centers and mobile phones to the project districts.