The number of cooperative societies in Turkana County have almost doubled over the last five years.
Speaking in Lodwar during the World Cooperatives Day Saturday, County Executive committee member for Trade, Gender and Youth Affairs Anthony Apalia said currently, there were 52 cooperative societies in the County compared to 29 in 2013.
Apalia attributed this growth to aggressive campaign and sensitization conducted by his Ministry to market the benefits of the societies in the County.
We have trained 1,380 members across the county in book keeping and good governance and helped 12 cooperatives to come up with strategic plans, said Apalia.
He added that the County government had allocated Sh20 million for cooperative loans in the current financial year adding the Ministry had also issued grants to five cooperative societies in the County.
Members expressed concern over the delay in the operationalization of the Biashara Fund which was meant to give loans to traders.
Responding, Apalia said they were waiting for the County Assembly to vet the nominee for the chairman of the Fund board and then the Fund would start operating.
Regarding the Lomidat slaughter house, the CEC informed members that governor Josphat Nanok has appointed a task force to investigate its management. Numerous complaints including inefficiency have been leveled against the management of the slaughter house.
The CEC member also challenged cooperative societies to come up with innovative ideas which, he noted many development partners were willing to support.
Organizations such as ‘Feed the future’ are willing to support cooperative societies that will come up with innovative ways of promoting food security in the County. I request you to liaise with the Directorate of Trade so that they can help you draft proposals that can attract funding, he said.
Source: Kenya News Agency