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Targeting 1, farmers in Mashonaland West and Mashonaland East provinces, the project had by the third week of January this year, attracted farmers, of whom are male and female, indicating a 73 percent progress rate towards farmer enrolment, with women constituting 37 percent of the total.
Set to run for four years, the Zimbabwe Agricultural Growth Programme ZAGP was established to address the multitude of challenges currently affecting pig producers in Zimbabwe. These challenges include reliance on inferior breeds, unavailability of funding, high feed and drug costs, persistent droughts, high cost of compliance, lack of skills, insufficient extension services, and policy bottlenecks.
The initiative is deed to address these bottlenecks by enhancing production and productivity, easing access to viable markets and improving breeds. The ZAGP will benefit not only the pork value chain, but also the beef, poultry, dairy and goat sectors.
ActionAid team leader for the ZAGP VALUE project, Newton Chari says the initiative will go a long way to addressing the viability challenges that pig farmers are facing and serve as a launch-pad for them to commercialise. Speaking at a media workshop in Bulawayo on 22 January Chari stressed the importance of the right genetics. You feed less to get more in terms of weight. We are also looking at improved disease management, adaptability and we are also looking at some traits, which are special in terms of the meat quality.
We are also looking at good breeds, which can farrow give birth more.
This guide includes:. Pig farming in Zimbabwe is very small with a sow herd just above 20, said Chari.
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He however, expects the EU initiative to help grow the herd. The PPBS will have business management units that will drive the development of viable pork value chains for the farmers. The two high-rainfall provinces were chosen because they already have high levels of piggery activities.
Farmers will also be able to access the required raw materials, especially maize and soya, which are important ingredients in pig feed.
The new breeds are expected to be a game changer for the local pork industry as they farrow more. Instead of getting nine to 10 piglets, which is the average with most Zimbabwean breeds, the new animals can farrow between 18 and 20 piglets.
The breeding stock will be raised at two farms Shamiso and Bradford in Mashonaland East and Mashonaland West province respectively. One of the young female farmers who was picked to benefit from the VALUE project, Kimberley Nyatanga, said the harsh economic situation in the country is adversely affecting the business that she runs with her husband in Marondera in Mashonaland East Province.
Having already survived a difficult economy with no support, Nyatanga is optimistic that the EU facility will drive her business. She expects the project to improve her business in the areas of breeding stock, market access and better producer prices. On the prevailing producer prices in the country, the young farmer said they were not viable as the market structure is dominated by a few wholesalers and retailers who set the prices when buying, thereby creating an oligopoly.
These prices are mostly unviable and the farmer has no choice but to engage.
It can further facilitate market and product development strategies that may increase pork product uptake and create demand, thus improving prices. Nyatanga and her husband Brian have 12 sows and one boar servicing all their females. They also have 56 piglets, 29 weaners, 96 growers and are expecting a minimum of 50 piglets from their pregnant sows this February.
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They expect to buy four gilts as well. We are currently achieving a farrowing index of 2. Zimbabwe is facing a serious electricity load shedding due to low generation and frequent vandalism of power transmission infrastructure.
She plans to invest in a biogas digester as an alternative energy source to keep her operation going. It will also serve to save our environment as for now we have to resort to firewood to warm them up.
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Our workers will also benefit as they will use the energy generated to cook and for lighting. Vaccine storage will be easier as the biogas digester will enable us to run refrigerators. The biogas digester would also save on electricity costs and give us continuous guaranteed availability. Responding to questions from The Pig Site at the January 22 press conference in Bulawayo, EU Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Timo Olkkonen was upbeat about the prospects for commercialisation of the pig value chain.
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