I get more than 20 request daily about prospective pig farmers who want to start a pig farm. Most often i do my best in helping them get a land and other logistics. However, only a few really take the step to obtain a land to start.
Surprisingly, over the past six months, i get calls of farmers having animals and they are not getting market. It is disturbing for me most often when i get calls like that because of what i have written previously on pig farming. Ideally if the industry was well structured, a farmer just have to transport matured pigs to the abattoir who then slaughter and market and later transfer the farmers money into his/her account within a week. Unfortunately, most farmers neglect the marketing end and only focus on the production.
What is the best way to start?
In your neighborhood, how easy is it to get pork meat? I know you can get 1kg Chicken wings, thighs and beef easily. What of the local markets, can you get a kilo of pork easily? That is our number one problem. Pork is not readily available to the consumers and that is where i want prospective farmers to start from. Start from the marketing end. Yes, it will cost you about Gh3000.00 to start a pork joint. Locate a busy pub and start. Get a stand in the market to sell fresh pork. Slaughter and package and supply to bank workers or company workers. Just be creative and carve out your own market niche.
Amax joint is one of latest pork joint in town. Located on the outskirt of Krokrobite in Accra, the joint which is less than one month old is already enjoying a lot of patronage. Colonel Bediako, a retired army officer has about six hundred pigs and is presently slaughtering 2-3 per day at his joint. He sells fresh pork, grilled pork, fried pork and yam chips, banku with okro soup and pork meat and pork light soup.
Yes, I know we all want to supply to the mall but a lot of farmers are already supplying. But trust me, a lot of Ghanaians out there wish they could get pork meat. Only a few can afford the pork at the mall where 100g is going for about GH8.40. Some few individuals have already started their joints and i want to urge most farmers to take marketing seriously.
Information reaching me suggest the owner of the pork office does not have a farm but he is doing a marvelous work. His pork stand is always stationed whenever there is an event. Festivals, political gathering etc. Apart from his pork joint at Dansoman, Pork office is always on the move.
So if you want to start a pig farm now, i would advice you start from the marketing end. If you do not know how you will sell your pigs, please don’t start now. Wait and lets get the industry structured before you put your cash into it.
A lot of farmers have entered into pig farming of late. I even heard the presidents’ brother has the farm. Farmers from Ashanti Region, Central Region and Greater Accra all want to supply the mall. Are we saying if the mall is removed from the equation we cannot sell our pigs. I will urge prospective farmers to visit ‘pig farm’ in the evening and see what Aunt Julie is doing there. I believe we can do far better.
Plans are underway to do a pork joint management and Processing training for pigs farmers who will want to learn how to operate a joint and process their pigs. Please if you want to be part, whatsup me only to book your seat on 0205828423