The Ground Breaking Ceremonies
The Minister of State for Agriculture , Hon. Christopher Kibazanga and the Director of Animal Resouces, Dr. Juliet Sentumbwe on 31st January and 1st February 2019 and on 4th and 5th February 2019 holding shovels ceremonially broke ground at the different market infrastructure sites of Chepsikunya, Alakas, Namalu and Iriiri quarantine stations in Kween, Amudat, Nakapiripirit and Napak districts nd Kumi, Katakwi and Bukedea districts respectively. This was done with the Members of Parliament of the project area and the District Local Governments. The districts held groundbreaking ceremonies for the new infrastructure being established by the project. These sub projects started with input from communities and district local governments to create master facility plans, which were finalized by a technical committee and analyzed by the World Bank for Environmanetal and social safeguard compliance.
The designs were completed in 2018 and construction crews have already started work."Construction is scheduled to last 6 months and the new infrastructure will be open to communities beginning in the 2019-2020 financial year", the National Project Coordinator said.
“We shall officially begin to realize a flexible and drought resilient region ,” Hon. Kibazanga said. “Through all of this work, what’s best for our communities remains at the center of all the government's interventions.”
The new infrastructure will ensure that the pastoral and agro pastoral communities have enough water and passture to feed their livestock during the dry spells and also get fair prices for the livestock and livestock products.
Hon. Kibazanga further urged the communities to take charge and own these infrastructure so as they have meaningful impact on the way of living in the region.