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Tana River Pastoralists Want Newly Constructed Market Opened

Tana River Governor Dhadho Godhana has been asked to open a livestock market constructed three years ago in Kalkacha area.

Livestock traders said they are currently operating from private land in Hola town, which is small and congested and they can be chased away any time.

Issac Dara a trader said, “In Hola town we don’t have a livestock market. Any time the owner of this land will evict us. We appeal to our county government to fast track the opening of the Kalkacha market where we can operate peacefully.”

The trader said the market will improve the lives of pastoralists since there will be more buyers even from outside the county who will flock the market to purchase livestock thus increase in sales.

“The market was constructed for livestock traders. It will bring enormous benefits to Tana River Pastoralists,’’ Hassan Guracho said.

Guracho added that the market will spur economic development and they will be able to cater for their family’s needs.

The Tana River County Executive Committee Member (CECM) for Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries and veterinary services Mrs Mwanajuma Hiribae when contacted for comment, said they are planning to open the livestock market and are ‘working internally on some issues’ which she didn’t divulge.

By Sadik Hassan

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