Livestock traders at Suswa, Narok East Sub County, have complained over the dwindling sale of livestock.
The sales have gone down over the months due to the ongoing drought experienced in various parts of the country.
Moreover, the Suswa traders led by their chairperson Stephen Kalembe called on the County to add the number of weekly market days to two to increase business hours.
According to Kalembe, more than 2,000 cows are brought to the market every market day, however, less than half are sold.
He stated that this has left the traders frustrated as they have to walk long distances to and from the market.
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Likewise, the Suswa traders’ chairman reported that the price of cattle has reduced by over 50 percent because the demand is low.
Furthermore, the traders’ treasurer, David Mututwa, stated that apart from the dwindling sales, the market also exposes the farmers to airborne diseases.
As such, he asked the County Government to renovate it and set up water points.
One of the traders, identified as Dan Ole Molo, ureged the government to build a slaughterhouse in the Suswa area to expand the market to sell their livestock.
According to the trader, Suswa market serves three counties, including Nakuru and Kajiado County, hence the need to increase its operation days.
Nonetheless, Suswa Assistant County Commissioner Godfrey Chitiavi supported the traders’ saying their proposal to have two market days per week is valid.
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