President commissions works on multibillion market in Mbale, urges farmers on income generation

Saturday 16th June 2012
Department of Press and Public Relations. News. Information. Communication

President Yoweri Museveni has commissioned works for the construction of a multibillion complex for the Mbale Central works.

The President who toured the market and addressed some traders and vendors called on famers to modernize their agriculture production, adding that government was determined to ensure that farmers work in a clean and healthy environment.

The President who is in Mbale district on a two day working tour said it is only through improved agriculture production and access to markets that farmers will ably increase their incomes and transform their livelihoods.

The market is part of the local government projects under the markets and agriculture trade improvement programmes funded by the government of Uganda and the African Development Bank. The market project is aimed at increasing agriculture productivity and rural household incomes through investment in infrastructure. Government and its development partners support market structure improvements in local governments and community mobilization and capacity building.

According to the architectural plans, the market has been designed to accommodate 600 lock-up shops and 1,600 stalls.

The Shs 26 billion complex under construction by Ambitious Construction Company  will see an improvement in service infrastructure including water supply, drainage and firefighting equipment. It will also see the market equipped with cold storage rooms, garbage disposal facilities and banking halls. 

The President who laid a foundation stone for the market was accompanied by the Minister for local government Adolf Mwesigye, that of Energy Eng. Irene Muloni, State Minister for Trade Dr. Mutende,  local and district leaders.

 

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