An Assessment of Rural Transport System and their Implication on the Growth of a Market Center. A Case Study of Adun’gosi Market Center, Chakol Division


Transport plays a major role in development in any rural area; the transport network must develop and improved. However this development does not take off evenly in all parts of the rural areas, since there are noble points for rural development. Therefore, market centers can be points of development especially when provided with good transport network.

The main purpose of this study was to assess the relationship between rural transport systems and the development of market centers. It was a case study and was more specifically concerned with five objectives; to assess the various types of social-economic activities carried out in the study area to identify transport modes used to assess the road of Malaba-Busia Road in the economic development of the immediate region, examine the nature and magnitude of transport problems faced and finally make recommendations towards the improvement of rural transport systems in the study area.

The study area chosen was Adun’gosi market center Chakol division of Teso district. The area was chosen as a representative of the four market centers in the four divisions found in Teso district, mainly because it is situated along the Busia Maraba Road corridor, and this location would enable to answer the question of how the transport network would affect development of a rural area, with specific reference to a market center.

Two types of data were collected, which were primary data and secondary data. Descriptive methods of data analysis such as mode, mean, percentages and frequency were used. The population of traders was sampled through simple stratified random sampling and the Matatu Manambas through simple random sampling. Interviews schedules and discussions were held for bodaboda operators and key governmental officials. The finding of the study reveal that there are many small scaled business (retail) and not large scale business operations, in study area, which is partly attributed to transport problems faced by the traders such as poor road conditions, skewed public a transport, inadequate terminal facilities, lack of public transport modal choice, and unregulated and unreliable transport services. This has led to increase in the operation of informal Para transit mode of transport popularly known as ‘bodaboda’

The study recommends that there is need for the institutional framework put in place to deal with transport issues to improve rural transport by maintaining the rural access roads, to regulate the bodaboda and have the government and NGO by providing credit to traders and bodaboda operators in the study area.



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