Pig Farming is very Profitable.
Pig farming is really becoming profitable for farmers this year. Pigs are still scarce and this has pushed up the price further. Presently middle men are buying carcass weight at Gh10.00/kilo and Live weight is going for Gh7.50/kilo. I don’t see farmers meeting the demand this year. From next year onwards, i think there might be enough pigs in the system to meet the demand looking at how lots of farmers are expanding their farm to cash in on the high price in the market now.
Pig Robbers on the Loose
Yes, i wrote on this article before when some thieves stole pigs from my neighbors farm. They ended up selling all their animals and closing the farm. Two days ago, i got another call from a farmer on the Bawjiwase to Adeiso road, Topeaso to be exact.Ten animals were slaughtered in two different farms.So this is one of the challenges in Pig farming. So i will encourage pig farmers out there to please protect their investments. Get someone to stay on the farm. Provide some form of security on the farm else, they will harvest all your investments for you.
Feeding Still a Challenge
Pig farmers are still finding it difficult to feed their animals well due to the high cost of feed on the Ghanaian markets. Its only a few farmers that are able to raise 100kg of pig in six months. Financial constraint is still a challenge for most farmers. Pig farming is money business. Because of this, most farmers rear their animals for close to 14 months before their animals reach 100kg. For farmers who need cassava chips for their pigs. Please call me. Its GH200.00 per tonne. Far better than using maize which is almost Gh1000.00 per tonne
Prospective Pig Farmers
In the past two months, a lot of prospective pig farmers are looking for concrete information before starting their farm. Its good to do research.I also did mine for about two years. But the most important thing is starting something. Yes. START.
You can improvise by starting with a strong wooding structure. At least 5 sows and a boar is okay if you don’t have enough cash. My only advise to you however is that try and avoid some of the mistakes we made by;
- Start with a good breed. It will save you lots of trouble
- Feed your animals well
- Provide Bio Security on your farm
- Protect your animals. Get someone to stay on the farm or near the farm
Pig Farmers Workshop
That is the last project on my mind this year. We have postponed this workshop more than three times this year because of lack of funds. My hope is to finally organize it in the second week in October. Budget for this program is GH5,000.00.
I can’t raise this amount amount because of my over-chopping pigs.Sponsorship is urgently needed. So pig farmers out there, help us raise part of this cash and lets come and learn new ways of raising pigs bigger and quicker.