The Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry & Fisheries has announced a $20 million package (about Shs75 billion) for the construction of valley dams, tanks and livestock markets in Teso, Karamoja and Sebei sub-regions.
The Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mr Pius Wakabi Kasajja, said the money will be provided under the World Bank-funded Regional Pastoral Livelihood Resilience project.
““There will be construction of one valley dam, eight valley tanks and 12 livestock markets in the 12 districts found in that region. The infrastructure is aimed at making the pastoral communities in this region resilient to effects of drought that causes suffering of the communities when it occurs,” he said.
Mr Wakabi made the remarks in Entebbe while signing contracts with 16 companies that will oversee the project on Monday.
He said a baseline study was carried out in the selected districts that identified sustainable operational and management systems to be applied to ensure sustainability of the infrastructures.
“The valley dams and Valley tanks that are to be constructed will each have an average capacity of 1,750,000 cubic metres and 35,000 cubic metres respectively in locations accessible to pastoral communities and along cattle mobility routes,” he said.
The permanent secretary said the livestock markets and production infrastructure are aimed at increasing access to markets in the drought prone communities to help them participate in the national and regional level markets.
“Preliminary works have been completed, we are almost coming to the end of the project with only one year remaining to implement,” he said.
The Regional Pastoral Livelihoods Resilience Project (RPLRP) is financed by a $40 million loan got by the government from the World Bank and implemented by three IGAD member states; Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia.
The RPLRP was prepared within the framework of the IGAD Drought Disaster Resilience and Sustainability Initiative and aligned with the Regional Programming Paper and Country Programming Paper.
In Uganda, the RPLRP is aligned to four strategic objectives of the CAS: promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth; enhance public infrastructure; strengthen human capital development; and improve good governance and value for money.
The beneficiaries of this project are the pastoral and agro-pastoral communities in the selected countries and in Uganda the project is being implemented in the 12 districts of Abim, Amuria, Amudat, Bukedea, Katakwi, Kotido, Kaabong, Kween, Kumi, Napak, Moroto and Nakapiripirit. It is estimated that the project will directly benefit 42,000 households in Uganda.