WHY PIG FARMING IS LUCRATIVE
Pig farming is not as advanced in Nigeria compared to that of South Africa, Kenya and other countries in Africa. However, we are also not doing badly in Nigeria. Government must, however, give more support to pig farmers to thrive. On the part of farmers, we must see how we can add value to the society through what we are doing. We must be able to create jobs on the pork production chain. We should also not forget that pig skin can be used for leather, vegetable oil can also be produced from pork; the oil can then be used to produced some pharmaceutical products. So farmers have a lot of opportunities to tap from, but government must come to our aid. Government can create pig villages across the country and this will help reduce unemployment.
How is pig farming different from other livestock sectors?
Pigs are prolific in nature, and that means it is easy to produce more compared to other forms of livestock farming. One needs just five female pigs to produce about 60 piglets, and they can farrow two times a year. The meaning of this is that a farmer who has about five highly-prolific sows can get about 120 piglets in a year. This, as a result, can help in making farmers more financially stable.
As an agribusiness consultant, would you say pig farming is better than other livestock farming, especially poultry?
Let me say that one needs to identify one’s passion before deciding on which area to venture into. However, when one looks at it, pig farming gives peace of mind compared to poultry. One can still sustain pigs on junk feed, although this is not advisable, unlike poultry, which needs well-formulated balanced feed which are very expensive. Pigs are also rugged animals, and they hardly fall sick. One just needs to ensure that their pens are neat and they have access to clean water. Therefore, I can say that it is easier to raise pig compared to poultry.