One Year on: An Update
complete our first year with our flagship pilot Pig Farming Project in Limulunga,
we have taken time out to review how far we have come.
We currently have eight pigs: one sow and seven males. We will
sell the seven males and use another farmer’s male pig to impregnate our
sow hoping for a litter of nine to 12 piglets.
If all goes well, we anticipate selling each fattened pig for £150.
have learnt so far:
- Travel to Zambia is limited and many of the areas are remote to
access, which creates challenges for continuous assessment of our
farming projects. For this reason, we are concentrating on micro pig
farming as this project requires less frequent review.
- The project works well on a 12 month turn around period. At the end of
12 months we hope to sell the fattened pigs, keeping one or two sows
from which to breed again. The current cycle began on 1 September 2012.
- Our initial investment was too small and did not sufficiently cover
food, medical and equipment costs.
- We also needed a part-time pig herder.
Limulunga Pig Farming Project, Zambia
Ukuthasa is proud to support a pig farming project. This project provides
families with start-up costs over a one-year period with the aim of becoming
self-sufficient thereafter. it develops a small-scale model that could be
replicated and managed by two people. Partnering with pig farmer, Berry Nawa,
our pilot project began in 2009 with four pigs: three sows and one boar. The
current pig population stands at 8 pigs, 1 sow and 7 boars. The livestock are sold to
cover costs and create wealth to feed families. Shelters for the pigs are built
from branches, poles and wire. Pigs have very sensitive skin so they must be
protected from the sun. This is especially important in the dry hot climate of
Zambia. The pigs are fed on maize-bran and fish-meal to which salt is added.
They receive regular medication to protect them from local pests the insect
variety, not visitors.
items of expenditure include: a pump and water drums so that the pigs have
access to plenty of clean water, large bath type basins in which the feed is
mixed, a water sprayer so that everything can be kept as clean and germ-free as
possible. Currently the project costs £800 per annum. All of these costs are covered by the Pig Sponsorship Scheme and just
£40 will sponsor a pig (you could name them!).
As the farm grows and we learn more about successful sustainability, Berry will
visit other local communities to assist them to establish their own pig farms.
if you would like to get involved.