BY ROBERT ELEMA
YUMBE. The construction works for Kuru and Lobe markets in Kuru and Kei sub-counties in Yumbe district is nearing completion.
Kuru market construction project is 80 per cent meanwhile Lobe market is closely to completion.
The two market projects have been contracted to Iron investments and Budo Meta construction companies respectively at the cost of Shs 764.8m (Shs 382.4m each) for a duration of 4 months.
The projects are being implemented under the Development Initiative for Northern Uganda(DINU)project with support from the European Union through the United Nations Capital Development Fund(UNCDF).
Speaking during the review of the projects on Monday, Mr Rasul Drajiga the assistant chief administrative officer said DINU is a project that covers 3 target areas of food security and nutrition, good governance, Agriculture and road infrastructure.
He said Yumbe is benefiting from other components except for road infrastructure.
“We generated two market stall construction projects at Lobe and Kuru markets but we are going to have two more of the same projects at Okubani market in Ariwa subcounty and Midigo market in Midigo subcounty in the next phase of the DINU project including installation of off grid solar project intended for commercial farming in Drajini subcounty where we shall have water system run on solar to boost production”, he said.
He said they should have completed the Kuru and Lobe market construction projects because it was a four months project but the contractors delayed.
Drajiga assured the beneficiaries of the projects that by the end of September, the projects would be completed.
Mr Victor Guma the senior commercial officer said Yumbe is composed of subsistence farmers who sell produce on small scale.
“We want to encourage large scale farming in Yumbe such that subsistence farming is expanded to large scale markets where the farmers an produce in bulk. I am going to mobilise the farmers into cooperatives so that the farmers can produce big which they can sell in bulk so that the middle men are eliminated”, he said.
He said the construction of the two markets in Kuru and Lobe will go in long way by providing them outlets to where people can produce in bulk and sell in big commercial markets.
Mr Zubair Ojo the Assistant District health officer said if the DINU project is taken positively BY the community, they will achieve alot especially in production, value addition and nutrition.
“Nutrition contributes to a good health of a person. For you to have a healthy community, there is need for food so as to address issues related nutrition especially the children and the pregnant mothers who are vulnerable”, he said.
He said the project is going to contribute alot in the socio-economic development and health of the people in the district.
Mr Harun Alamiga the Secretary for production said; “We want to see that women are put at better position and 70 per cent of the committee of the markets must be women because women are actually the ones dealing in vending”.
He said positions given to the men must be minimal but others who are not actively participating in vending must not dominate the leadership of the markets so that they can accurately take decision on issues that affects them.