Pig Farming:Why Some Pig Farms are collapsing

March 6, 2018

Farming in general is a challenging enterprise in Ghana of which Pig farming is no exception. I have seen farmers that have been practicing pig farming for over 25 years. However, the rate at which some pig farms are folding up is a worry to me. Why are pig farms folding up so quickly? With the little experience i have gathered over the past five years, i will try and look at the different scenario that can cause upcoming pig farms to collapse early.

Lack of Planning

Yes, when you fail to plan, you are digging an early grave. Some people hear pig farming is very lucrative and they just jump into it. To survive, it take a lot of hard-work and sacrifice.  Even before you think of starting, visit other farms, see their structure, interact with the farmers. All i am saying is that gain first hand information about the business. If you listen to all the success stories and challenges and you think you are man enough for it. Then you can move to the Second stage.

Marketing Research

Who will buy your pigs? This is one area most upcoming pig farmers ignore. How are you going to dispose your pigs when they are ready for market. You need to do a market survey, find out from the hotels, the malls, the shipping lines, the oil industry (Tullow and other Major oil Companies), expatriates like pork a lot, local pork joint, find out if you could supply them in six to eight months. The marketing report should give you an impetus as to whether you should proceed or just put your cash into treasury bills.

Where to Site your Dream Farm

If you have done your market research and the prospect is very encouraging, then you ought to decide on where to site your farm.  Your farm should be at least two hours drive from your place of residence. You have no business staying in Accra and setting up your farm in Kumasi or Takoradi, outskirt of Accra will just be fine. There are cheap lands you can buy. Being an absentee farmer is already difficult. Don’t make it even more difficult putting your investment at a place that you can hardly visit. As for international absentee farmer (operating your farm from abroad), i will not recommend it but can only approve it you you can get a trustworthy partner.

Constructing Your Sty

This is where things start getting interesting. Constructing a decent sty can swallow up all your capital. A simple sty of 8 rooms with the floor plan below will take at least GH25,000.00 now.

If your capital is not that big, don’t sink all your resources into the structure. Rent or lease an abandoned pig or poultry farm and start from there.  If you can find a way of constructing a cheap wooden structure to start with, Amen Hallelujah. Start from there. The crux of pig farming is not how beautiful your structure is, its about the number of pigs you can feed comfortably.



What  to feed your Pigs

This is where things start to get interesting for the pig farmer. Feeding  pigs well is the greatest challenge of most pigs farmers. Because of the greed of getting quick money, they start with a high number of sows and when these sows give birth, their farm size become huge overnight. Pigs are just like we humans, you ought to provide each with their chop money.

That’s why i don’t recommend pig farming for unemployed graduates. You need inflow of cash to feed the animals. If you can feed 10 pigs well, rear ten, feed them well to get the required weight of 60-80kg in six months and sell them quick. From the piglet stage to maturity, a pig will  consume about GH400.00 of feed. So plan for their feed and ensure you get the required weight at most in six to eight months maximum. You have no business rearing 100 pigs  for one and half years before you can get 60kg. Its a waste of resources, time and energy

You also need to know how to prepare feed for your animals using Maize, wheat bran, palm kennel cake, Copra cake, Soya beans cake, fish meal, rice bran e.t.c The era of kitchen waste and chop bar waste is over. So if you are hustling to take care of yourself, don’t add these ‘chopaholic’ pigs to your problems.

How Much to Sell Your Pigs

If you take record of every farm expenses, you should know how much you have spent on your animals in six months. The market force should not be under estimated. It does not care if you fed with imported feed or you slaughtered Duroc or Camborough. It just want meat at a specific price. Presently, going price for live weight is GH8-12 per kilo and carcass weight of Gh14.5-20 per kilo depending on your location. That is why if you knew where to sell your pig, you will not wait for some greedy middle man to come tell you he/she will offer you GH5.00 per kilo. Your pigs did not eat air. The market will determine  the price. So cut down on your production cost to increase profit.

Meaning if you had 1o pigs and u spent 400gh on each and you can get 80kg in six months. You could sell at the least price say GH8.00 per kilo to make GH640.00 on each animal. Multiply by 10 gives you GH6400.


Pig farming can be very profitable depending on how you handle it . The market and feeding is the key. Carve out your own market niche. It can also be very stressful especially when feed get finished on the farm or when the animals are matured and nobody is coming to buy them. So plan out every details and work hard on achieving your goals.

Happy independence to all my lovely readers.



Transforming Ghana’s Livestock Industry

December 28, 2016

I have been thinking so much of late whilst I ask questions that the answers seems so obvious. Why do we import almost $200mil poultry product annually? Why do we import goats, cows, plantains and fruits from our neighbours in large quantities? How come we import so much fertilizer?, why is our agricultural sector going downwards? Why do we virtually import everything? Can we ever get a visionary leader that can transform our agriculture in order to employ so many youths. I think aloud and sometimes I can’t even sleep at night. What is wrong with us as a people? Sometimes, I just cannot think far.


The problems in agriculture is well documented in textbooks that even J.H.S students know them. I am not going to iterate them here, one key problem is the availability of Fertilizers for farmers. Can someone explain to me why after 60 years of independence, Ghana cannot produce 10% of its fertilizer requirement as a Nation? Fertilizer is so expensive on the local market that the average farmer cannot afford them. With Ghana’s active petrochemical industry, production of fertilizer should be relatively easy now. I will urge the Government to ensure a fertilizer production factory is made a priority within the very first year of office.

One Village, One Dam

Even though this was a political statement, it shows clearly that the incoming Government intend to take agriculture seriously. Even if it is a dugout that can retain some water in the dry season, it will still work magic. However, I think the Government can do more than just a dam or dugout. Please if possible, they should provide 20 tractors each for each constituencies in the country and also subsidize fertilizer and make it readily available before the next planting season. Ploughing is another cost that makes farming very expensive. Any farmer who wish to plough should just buy diesel and pay the driver some token. This simple act can be the very foundation on which the livestock industry can rest on.

Grains, Legumes and Livestock Board

This is where things get very interesting. If you can assure the farmer that you provided a dam for that if your produce is ready, I the government will buy it at this price. Then you give them a reason to farm.

The Grains, Legumes and Livestock Board will work just as Cocobod works. Encourage farmers to grow maize and Soyabeans which would be purchased by the board. They should train Agriculture Extension officers to help farmers improve their yield per hectare. They should buy as much as their warehouse can hold. Any serious country who wants his livestock sector to thrive should have maize and soyabeans in abundance. How long shall will remain a dumping ground for FOSS chicken and pig heads.

In 2016 alone, Ghana Imported 171,000MT of poultry products valued at $198m. Half of this money can transform this sector and employ thousands of youths. In 2015, our food importation amounted to $2.1 billion, this is a very collossal amount of money that can transform our agricultural sector. If we can reduce this amount by 50% and spend it on developing our Livestock industry, i believe it will reduce unemployment drastically.

Use of Grains and Legumes

With millions of tonnes of grains in the Boards warehouse scattered all over the country, At least 5 factories can be established from the stored grains

Soya Bean Oil Extraction

Since poultry and pig farmers use soya beans cake in their feed formulation, it is important for the oil to be extracted from the beans before it is used. A factory that can extract the oil has to be established. The cake produced from this factory shall be fed to another company that will specialize in poultry and pig feed formulation.

Feed Formulation Company

Stored grains and Soya bean Cake with other ingredients produced locally would be used by the company to produce feed for the pig and poultry industry. The Grains, Legumes and Livestock Board should then liaise with the Poultry Farmers Association of Ghana and the Pig Farmers association of Ghana to supply feed to selected farmers whose structure meets some standard. They should agree on pricing on final product and also help the farmers observe best practices on their various farms. Broilers and Pigs should be reared on a very large scale to feed the Chicken and Pigs Processing Plant respectively.

Chicken Processing Factory

All broilers reared would be fed to the chicken processing factory which would then process the chicken and package them into the various parts for the local market and for export. To compete on the global market, our cost of production ought to come down drastically. The poultry industry is huge so it is imperative we get things right by lowering the cost of the various inputs.

Pork Processing Factory

The Pork industry is estimated at $26.5 billion. Unfortunately, Africa supplies only 0.1% of total exports.

Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of pork during 2015:

  1. United States: US$4 billion (15.9% of total pork exports)
  2. Germany: $4 billion (15.7%)
  3. Spain: $3 billion (11.9%)
  4. Denmark: $2.5 billion (10%)
  5. Canada: $2.2 billion (8.8%)
  6. Netherlands: $1.8 billion (7%)
  7. Belgium: $1.3 billion (5.2%)
  8. Brazil: $1.2 billion (4.6%)
  9. France: $827 million (3.3%)
  10. Poland: $773.1 million (3.1%)
  11. Ireland: $415.7 million (1.6%)
  12. Mexico: $394.6 million (1.6%)
  13. Chile: $391.4 million (1.5%)
  14. Austria: $378.6 million (1.5%)
  15. Hungary: $342.2 million (1.4%)

Local consumption of pork is growing but I believe if we do things right, we can grow this industry to international standard.

An ultra modern pork processing company should be established to process pork for local consumption and for export.

Organic Fertilizer Processing Company

With the tonnes of pig and poultry waste produced, a company that can process the waste into organic fertilizer will be of tremendous help to the agricultural sector.

Agriculture and the NPP’s Manifesto

I had to go online to download and read through their manifesto to know their intentions for the livestock industry but suprisingly, their interest is on goats, cows, sheep and poultry. There is no mention of pig farming in their manifesto.

Summary of what the NPP government intends to do;

On Livestock:

  • The NPP will aggressively aggressively promote cattle ranching and will provide incentives to the private sector to develop cattle ranches
  • the NPP will facilitate the establishment of Livestock Development Centre to promote small ruminants like sheep and goats

On Poultry:

  • The NPP will support the private sector to expand localproduction of poultry feed and vertirinary products
  • Support efficient production of both maize and Soya
  • Encouraging local poultry meat processing
  • Instituting anti dumping measures on Poultry

On Marketing, the NPP will;

  • facilitate the support and estblishment of stakeholder-controlled marketing companies for grains and selected products including a cashew Marketing Authority
  • Revive the Grains Development Board

The above is an excerpt of what the incoming government plans to do has captured in their manifesto. thousand and one questions need to be asked on how they intend to do it and the linkages between the soya and maize production, poultry meat processing and the grains development board.

I will wait till they take power and present their budget, but i am sure we have  brighter days ahead.


Ghana is a blessed country and I believe the problems we are encountering as a nation are not so huge that we as a people with lots of intellectuals  cannot solve them. We must grow what we eat and eat what we grow as a nation. Importation should be cut down drastically to create employment for our people and market for our produce.

We are churning out about 50,000 graduates every year with little or no opportunities. It’s a security risk and if the leaders of our great nation do not take the bull by the horn and tackle our agricultural challenges, then we should be prepared for the consequence in a few years to come.

The Executives of the Pig farmers Association of Ghana and the Poultry Farmers Association of Ghana is willing and ready to avail themselves for the successful implementation of the above mentioned projects.

The solution is an integrated agricultural setup. The leaders of this noble country should think very far to solve it or posterity will never forgive them.

Let me use this opportunities to wish all my followers a merry xmas and a very prosperous agricultural 2017.

Watch-out! How well do you Know your Farmhand

November 17, 2016

There seems to be an area in pig farming that farmers are taking for granted .That is, identities of farmhands and caretakers in charge of their farms. I will recount two true stories of misfortune some pig farmers have suffered at the hands of their farmhands.

Akwesi is a pig farmer at Winneba with about 300 pigs. Business was so good for him that after some sales he made in March 2016. He decided to take a one week holiday to the United states. Unfortunately, he made the caretaker aware he was traveling.

When he returned to the farm after two weeks, Caretaker informed him his farmhand had traveled to his hometown.  After taking stock of his pigs, he realized he had lost 80 matured pigs worth GH60,000.00, an equivalent of $15,000.00.

He reported the theft to the police and the  Caretaker was arrested and placed in the cells, but he swore he knew nothing of the missing animals.Police officers wanted some information on the farmhand but all Akwesi  knew about his farmhand was  his name. No ID, no picture, he did not even know his residence within the community. The theft affected him so much that he had to put the farm up for sale.

Woyongo is another rich pig farmer in the Oil City of Ghana, He worked with Tullow oil in Takoradi. He started a pig farm at the outskirt of the city  and started with 10 gilts. After about 12 months, he had close to 100 pigs of different ages. Unfortunately he was transferred to Accra. But his farmhand/ Caretaker managed the farm for him. He visited twice a month because of work schedule. However, he provided feed and other necessary items needed on the farm and always had 2-3 months feed supply.

Before his last visit, he realized the farmhands’ phone number was not going through.  He followed up to his farm and had the shock of his life, his farm was empty. Not even a piglet was in the farm. Where should he start from?, his farm hand was nowhere to be found. Mobile phone had been off for two weeks. All he knew was that his farm hand came from Nzema and his name was Baba. He could not even remember the full name. He had no picture of Baba. His Ultra Modern Pig farm is still empty till date. Baba had killed his spirit. This is not fiction. Na true story.

My point here is simple, you have spent so much on your farm so pay attention to details. Get to know the full details of whoever is near your investment. If your workers cannot provide at least two guarantors who can vouch for him, please don’t hire him.

Get their picture, make photocopy of their ID, get at least two guarantors of the worker and please, know where they stay in the community. If possible, know their relatives.

Agriculture RUniversity of Ghana offer six month training for  individuals who want to work as farmhands in pig farms. They take these individuals through basic procedure like cleaning the sty, injecting the pigs, castration, record keeping etc, you can contact them if you need some of their granduants as farmhands.

And if you are a farmer out there and you don’t have any particulars of your workers, it is not too late, Christmas is just around the corner. Don’t wait for your animals to disappear before you realize you don’t even know the full name of your worker.

A merry Xmas in advance to all my faithful followers.



How to Sell and Buy Pigs, Mistakes to Avoid

August 19, 2016

Buying or selling pigs can be very challenging and frustrating when farmers and buyers overlook some basic checks that must be conducted before their animals are sold or bought. I will look at true stories to get farmers understand that if one ignore due diligence, it can lead to  lock up of capital and eventual collapse of the farm.

Case One

Mr Kwesi Agyeaman with a pig farm in Obuasi had 60 matured pigs to sell. He contacted  Mr Ofori in Kumasi who needed all the animals.Value of the animals was Gh48,000.0 . They agreed 0n the payment plan, Mr Kwesi promised to pay 60% of the total cost of the animals with the balance being paid in one month. He however asked Mr Ofori, the pig farmer to transport the animals to his farm.

Believing the deal was sealed, Mr Ofori Carted the 60 matured pigs to Kumasi. Upon reaching Kumasi after 2 hours,  Mr. Kwesi Agyeaman  told him that something came up so he should leave the animals and come for all the money after one month. Considering all the stress he had gone through, Mr. Ofori obliged and left the animals. After six months, he is still chasing his money. Less than 20% of the total cost has been paid and all the animals had been sold.

Lesson: It is not too advisable to cart your animals in bulk to a buyer unless you have dealings with the buyer already and he is trustworthy. Let the buyer come to your farm, weigh your animals, collect your cash and collect a post dated checque on the balance. If you do not like the deal, at least keep your animals.

And please, do not wait for your animals to mature before you look for market. The moment you start your farm, invest in your market outlet.

Case 2

latest pig

“Skelewu Pig”

Mr Greenfield from Eyinam on the Kumasi road contacted Olumo that he had 10 pigs to sell. He sent watsup pictures of the farm and the animals. Mr Olumo was pleased with what he saw. Part payment was sent via mobile money. Mr Greenfield who is in the USA informed the farm manager to send the pigs to Olumo in Winneba. After six hours journey, 4 sheep, 2 goats and 4 skelewu pigs arrived at Olumo’s farm. After series of exchanges, the sheep and goats were sent back and skelewu pigs maintained at the farm because money had been transferred  already.

Lesson: Buy only what you see with your ‘kolokolo’ eyes. Unless you know the farm and the owner and an idea of what the farmer feeds the animals, don’t even try. Drive to the farm, see the conditions under which the animals is being reared before you decide to buy.

Case 3 & 4

Mr coffie, a pork joint operator needed some pork. He contacted a new supplier who supplied him free range  pigs probably due to the price. He loses some few customers when the pigs were grilled and fried due to the change of taste.

The Army General, has he is usually called needs 500kg of pork every week. Mr Appia from Takwa promised to send him some lean pigs. 30 pigs were transported to the Generals farm. After one week when 2 were pigs were slaughtered, they were too fatty so the general could not supply them. About GH30,000 had been locked up in cash on fatty pigs he cannot sell.


Deal only with a trusted middle man. Buy from farmers who only deliver the best product. For those who supply to other client, buy a few carcass weight to ascertain the quality of the pork and don’t consider the farmer if his pigs does not meet your specification.


The New way to Start your Pig Farm

July 28, 2016

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.

Success Stories

amax joint.jpg

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.

Pork Office

pork office.jpgInformation 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

Partners Wanted to Invest in Pig Farming

May 21, 2016
west hill mall

West Hill Mall

I have got to a stage where i need a partner to operate a new farm. It has become necessary because of my inability to invest more in the farming business due to other commitments that is swallowing all my cash. Pig farming is still lucrative in Ghana and if one tackles it with the right mindset, one is bound to make substantial profit. In this business also, numbers count.

So if you are a prospective pig farmer and you are just about to start, Let’s team up to do it well. With the experience I have gathered over the past three years in rearing of pigs, marketing, i think we stand a chance of reaching  new height if we team up to do it well. I am already operating a 10 sow farm. But with what i am talking of now, we shall be operating a 20-30 sow farm. The structure that can house about 250 pigs has already been taken care of.

An investor that can handle feeding and assist in marketing is what i need. I cannot put all the details out here. So if you are interested, please send me a mail on olumomensah@gmail.com to give you the full details.




The Pig Industry in Ghana

April 19, 2016

The potential of pig farming is yet to be fully realized and it will take a conscientious effort from all pig farmers to make things work out fully. The pig industry in Ghana is not so organized with most farmers practicing farrow to finish which leave little room for specialization. I believe in the near future after some of us have laid a good foundation, pig farming would be very well structured.

Why is Pork relatively Expensive in Ghana
Pork meat fetches higher price in Ghana when compared with Nigeria despite the fact that prices of maize and Soya beans cake is far higher in Nigeria than in Ghana. A kilo of Live weight pig is going for $2.5 – $3.0 in Ghana whilst in Nigeria, it is $1.5 -$1.75
Difference in Prices is due to the fact that our Nigerian brothers operate on a different level.

Majority have above 50 sows in their farm. Economics of scale therefore favour them. In Ghana however, the opposite exist. Only few farms can boast of over 40 sows. Inefficiency in the system is quiet high and until we get the basics right and expand. It will be very difficult for us to push up demand with lower price
Is Pig Farming Profitable?
I was asked this question by an upcoming pig farmer today. Is pig farming really profitable? I took a deep breath before I could give him an answer. Pig farming is profitable depending on how you handle the following
• Breeding
• Feeding
• Managements
• Markets
The breed you start with can make or unmake you. I know of two farmers who imported their breeding stock from Australia and the United Kingdom respectively. Breeds from the University farms and Nungua farms are also from a very good parent stock. Your breed should be able to convert the food you give it into meat.

The Feed conversion ratio of pigs is 3-4: 1, meaning when a pig consume 3 – 4 kg of feed, it is expected to gain 1kg of meat. If that does not happen, then you should know there is something wrong.
Management is another factor that can prevent you from realizing your goals in Pig farming. Being an absentee farmer is a big challenge. Yet still, your farm should not be too far from where you reside. The kind of care you give your animals greatly determine your success.

Who will buy your pigs? That is another challenge facing some farmers presently. All of us cannot supply the mall so it is imperative that we find alternate customer for our pigs. There seems to be a disconnection between the pig farmers and the final consumers.We would have to solve this problem head on just as the Tilapia Farmers solved their marketing problem.

Lets’ take our product right to the consumers. Let each region make it a point to have at least 50 pork joints and 10 point where only fresh pork is sold. I supply 200kg of pork to a fellow who has only two pork joints, he sells all within the week. Imagine what volume would be consumed by 50 pork joints.
The Ghanaian consumer should be our biggest client. I call them the sleeping giant. Let’s wake them up. It will take a lot of hype in the media, let them know the benefits of pork, make them aware of the way pigs are being reared presently, let’s organize pork shows and I just pray that when all these are done and demand shoots up, we shall be able to supply continuously else trouble for all pig farmers
Profitability Calculation
In calculation of Profitability, some few assumptions will be made;
• Selling price of Pigs is GH10.00 per Kilo
• Amortized Capital cost is ignored
• Overheads is calculated based on 500 pigs on the farm
• Overhead cost include medication, vet charges, employee salary, transportation, fuel, miscellaneous expenses.
• Piglets were obtained from the from sows on the farm
• Weaning Age is two months at 12kg
• A kilogram of feed is Gh1.00

Average weight gain of Pigs

Birth 3
60 12
80 24
100 36
120 48
140 60
160 72
180 84
200 96
210 102


Calculating feed intake per pig

NEXT 30 DAYS 1  KG 30 30
NEXT 30 DAYS 1.8KG 54 54
NEXT 60 DAYS 2.5KG 150 150
NEXT 30 DAYS 3.0KG 90 90

Overhead per pig

Based on figures obtained from  a colleague pig farmer operating 500 capacity Pig farm, Overhead cost per pig for month is GH7.00.

Hence for 7 months, overhead cost is GH49.00

Total cost of Production per pig  = GH324.00 + GH49.00

= GH373

Expected weight of Pig after 7 months = 102kg

Selling Price of Pig at GH10.00/Kilo           = 102 x 10


Profit Margin = 1020 – 373

=   GH647


Chinese Invading Pig Farming in Ghana

February 14, 2016

Yes, after being sacked from the ‘Galamsey’ business by the security agencies, the next line of business they are entering into is pig farming and my brother, they are doing it big. Information of two pig farms being operated by Chinese in Brong Ahafo  took me by surprise, i taught we had some time to organize ourselves better, improve our breeding and feeding and get a strong foothold in the market, but it seems time is not on our side.

If we as Ghanaians fail to invest into this lucrative business, then foreigners will take over, do it very well and push the few who are struggling to do it out of business. What do we really have to do to make it work?.

Let’s Get the Fundamental Right

Yes, majority are taking this business as a hobby. Record Keeping is still a challenge. But after the workshop we organized in January, there are about 5 major records that ought to be kept on the farm. We have to start earnestly and ensure that we are operating a profitable pig farm

Get a Scale

You need to know if your animals are converting the feed you are giving them into meat. Weekly and monthly weighing is therefore very important. It will give you an idea if you are going to get your desired weight at the end of 6-7 months

Get the right Breed

There has been various talk on our Whatsup platform on the type of breeding being practiced in Ghana . One school of thought suggest that when  you cross a large white with another large white, you are practicing pure inbreeding, a lot of the offspring will show the negative effects of inbreeding. So we need to get some Duroc and Landrace into the system with time to cross most of our Largewhite sows.

We can learn a lot from our Nigerians counterpart who have taken breeding seriously.

Feeding the Right Way

Feeding is still a challenge for most farmers. Some are still feeding malt and cassava peels. If we want to be taken seriously, then we have to start feeding our animals with the right ingredients. The mentality that pigs eat anything must be discarded quickly. Pigs are supposed to be fed based on their body mass. Meaning a 100kg pig ought to eat 5kg of feed a day, we should not play ‘supi supi’ with the feed, lets feed the animals well.

 Grow More Maize and Soya Beans

If you are a pig farmer, it is imperative you grow at least 5 acres of maize for every sow you have on the farm. Availability of maize and soya beans is very important to the survival of our industry.

We have the pig industry to protect. If we cannot come together to join forces, then we should just forget about it altogether because it will take less than 5 Chinese farms to rear all the pigs we have altogether. Posterity will never forgive us if we fail.

naija large white

Large White Pigs From Nigeria










A succesful Pig Farmers Training Workshop

January 29, 2016
Participants at Maiden Training Workshop

Participants at Maiden Training Workshop

After months of postponing the training workshop which was schedule to take place initially in 2015, executives and workshop committee members finally had to put their acts together to ensure it was not postponed again.

My greatest thanks goes to all our sponsors, Seladels Food, Tilly Farms, Olumo Farms, Happy Fm and all those who collaborated to make this workshop a success. Even though time was not on our side, we were able to achieve a lot. Our gratitude to the Deputy Minister of Agriculture (Dr. Hannah Bissiw) for gracing the program, it made all the difference.

Below is the Deputy Minister of Agriculture Speech at the Program

Group Picture with Deputy Minister of Agriculture

Group Picture with Deputy Minister of Agriculture

Mr Chairman, our dear pig farmers, the media, ladies and gentlemen, I am very grateful that you have given me the opportunity to be part of this training workshop on the theme ” Transforming Pig Farming into income Generating and Professional Business in Ghana” Your theme for this training is in line with the Food and Agriculture Sector Policy Development Policy (FASDEP II) of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture which state that, and I quote ” The goals of the Livestock policy are increasing the supply of meat, animal and dairy products from domestic production at the current aggregate level of 30% to 80% by the year 2015; and contributing to reduction of the incidence of poverty among farmers ( who are livestock keepers) from 59% to 30% by the year 2015″

Mr Chairman, as your theme as component of income generation, it is my hope that with good modern farm management practices, income levels will increase from pig production in order to reduce incidence of poverty to 30%, among your pig farmers throughout the country.

Mr Chairman, the opportunities in the livestock sector, including pig production are huge and increasing annually. This is because, Ghana is now a middle income country and the urban population is growing and this population has high demand for meat products, such as pork and its processed products. There are many foreigners in the country that pork is the best choice of meat for them. Our official local slaughter figures for pigs in 2013 and 2014 are 24, 062 and 21, 735 respectively. The total figures will be higher than this, since these slaughter figures only reflect what the veterinary services Directorate records at the approved abattoirs in the country.

Mr Chairman, the biggest opportunity for you is the decreased importation of pork into the country. For instance, the country imported 2, 064, 639kg of pork in 2013 and 904, 996kg of pork in 2014, which indicated a drastic decrease and this deficit will have to be met by your local production of pork.

Mr. Chairman, however, I must admit that there are challenges in the pig industry;

●          Places of slaughter of pigs, since some slaughter houses do not accept pigs for slaughter

●          Well equipped processing plant and storage for pork products

●          A market for live pigs, where farmers can easily sell their pigs

●          High cost of pig feeds and lack of commercial feed mills that formulate pig feed

●          There are no standardization in selling by weight for most farmers

●          Inadequate pig breeding stock, for farmers to have easy access.

Mr Chairman, one of the challenges in the pig industry is technical know-how, which you are addressing today, by organizing this workshop. I highly recommend you for this initiative and hope that you will have regular training on all aspects of pig production.

Mr Chairman, another challenge in pig production is the outbreaks of African Swine Fever. This disease is fatal, with high mortality. This disease hit us hard in the Western region in 2014. However, this disease can be prevented through strict bio-security measures on your respective pig farms.

Mr Chairman, I wish you a successful training and I hope that the knowledge gained in this training workshop will help you to improve your health and husbandry management practices on your farm.

Thank You

Pig Farming in 2016, Our breakthrough is near

January 2, 2016

I will want to use this opportunity to thank all my faithful readers for their support and encouragement over the years. Happy new year to all of you.Pig farmers in Ghana, happy new year to you, your families and your pigs.

2015 was a good year for pig farmers in general, demand was good, price too was good. No major disease outbreak in 2015. We thank God for his mercies.

Greater Accra Executives

Greater Accra Executives

We had our General meeting on the 19th of December at our National office at Sakaman. A lot were discussed. But most importantly, Greater Accra Pig Farmers Association was Launched and interim executives elected. They have been charged to build membership and organize their first general meeting as early as possible.

Order for 1000 pigs a Week in 2017

Whilst members were relaxing on New Years Eve, one of our members broke the news of a  contract he has signed with his foreign partners to supply 1,000 pigs a week starting January 2017. Members were excited and some wondered if this  target could be accomplished.

This deal would further be  would be at the Pig Farmers Training workshop on the 23rd of this month at the institute of Applied Science, Legon to explain all the details of this deal. Do not miss it for anything. Pay up on time to book your sit.

Pig Farmers Training Workshop

The Pig farmers Training Workshop is scheduled to take place at the institute of Applied Science on the 23rd of January, 2016.

Below are some of the topics we are going to discuss at the workshop.

  • Market Opportunity for Pig Farming in Ghana
  • Pig feed and Feed Formulation for all Ages
  • Pig Housing  – I.M.O Floor
  • Pig Farming Economics
  • Farm Record Management
  • Pig Health Management

We shall finish the training program in one day. Participants are to register early.

Registration Fee

Every participant to the workshop will have to pay a token to help us meet the administrative cost of organizing the workshop. Registration fee of Gh100.00 must be paid before the 20th of January. Farm Managers of Members in good standing shall be given a discount.

Mtn Mobile Money Can be sent to Frank Danchie on 0244023322 or save directly into the association accounts  below with your name

Account Name:  Pig Farmers Association of Ghana

Account Branch: Spintex Road

Account Number:   1010106536001

Bank: ADB Bank

Pig farming is going to change drastically in the coming years so it is imperative pig farmers put their house in order so as to maximize profit from this impending pig farming boom.

Whatsup Platform.

Unfortunately, the national platform is filled up. Space still exist in all the ten regional floors, so indicate were your farm is, the number of animals on your farm and leave a comment with your phone number, we shall immediately place you on any of the regional floor.

You can also visit our facebook page and be invited to the pig  farmers association facebook page   https://www.facebook.com/groups/gnapf/

If you are having any problem, contact Herbert on 0542722827 to assist you.

A prosperous new year to all my faithful followers