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New Date for Pig Farmers Training Workshop

November 16, 2015
First General Meeting of  Ghana National Association of Pig Farmers

First General Meeting of Ghana National Association of Pig Farmers

Interim executives of Pig farmers Association of Ghana had to Postpone the training workshop which was initially schedule to take place on the 21st of November due to the NDC parliamentary elections which was shifted from the 7th of November to the 21st of  November.

The minister and other invited speakers informed the associations secretary of the need to postpone the workshop due to the parliamentary elections

Two new dates were proposed for the training workshop. 4th December  and 23rd  January 2016. Members however opted for the 23rd January 2016 date to ensure adequate planning and publicity.

Pig Farmers Whatsup Platform

The Pig Farmers Association of Ghana has a very active whatsup platform that pig farmers and upcoming pig farmers can learn from. We advise all pig farmers to give out their number so that they can be added to the platform.

Please call Frank Danchie on 0244023322 to add you or leave a comment with your phone number.

We encourage all farmers to register and participate in the upcoming pig farmers workshop.


First National Training Workshop Scheduled for 21st November

October 28, 2015
Pig Farmers Executives meets Agriculture Minister

Pig Farmers Executives meets Agriculture Minister

In 2014, our task as executives was to meet the Minister of Agriculture and to organize a pig farmers training workshop. But after postponing the Pig Farmers workshop for close to a year, the interim executives managed to secure a central venue to host the training workshop on the 21st of November 2015 at the Conference Hall of the Institute of Applied Science, Legon.

Why the need for a Training Workshop

Pig farming is a really good business if it is done well. Before I started my farm in 2013, i researched on pig farming for almost two years. All the knowledge i gathered was only able to take me up to a point. The Economics of Pig farming  need to be understood by any pig farmer and prospective pig farmer in order to make any meaningful profit.

Also, majority of farmers are not able to raise their animals within six month. Ideally, you have to raise 100kg pig in six months, unfortunately, most farmers raise this weight in one and half or two years. Yes, the best you will get id 18 months for a 80kg animals. If you fall into this category, you have serious learning to do

Another major problem we face as farmers is that we are not able to differentiate between the kind of food we give our pigs. There are different types and quality to be given each class of pig. What you give the weaners should be different to what you give the growers and finishers. But in our part of the world, every body eat the same kind of feed. If we buy malt and our regular cassava peels, its ‘y3nko nkoaa’. Every body go chop am till it finishes. You are doing a very wrong thing, you are wasting time and money and you think you are doing farming. Come learn the right thing.

Some people complain about market for their pigs. All the relevant players in the Pig industry would be at the workshop. The pig suppliers to Shoprite will be there.


What medicine to you give your pig and at what age? What vitamins do they need to grow well. Come learn the easier way to grow your pig quick.

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

  • Brief History about Pig Farming in Ghana
  • 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
  • How to achieve 100kg in Six Months

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 Gh150.00 must be paid before the 20th of November. Unlike the Ghana Poultry farmers Association that have been in the System for over 30 years, The Pig Farmers Association of Ghana is just two years old with most of the financial responsibilities lying on the Executives. Its our intention to hold a national congress  in February next year so we can blend with other pig farmers association nationwide. We need a strong body to survive as pig farmers. So please help us to survive.

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


Whatsup Platform for Pig Farmers

Are you a pig farmer or a prospective pig farmer, in order to learn more, create market avenue, we currently have a whatsup platform for pig farmers all over the country. So if you want to be on board, please leave a comment with your phone number and I will put you on board immediately.


I once bought a sow which had given birth from another pig farmer at Eyinam. Even though all the arrangement was done on phone and money transferred over mtn mobile money. I could not hide my shock when I saw the animal. It was a real “Skelewu” Pig and that

"Skelewu Pig"

“Skelewu Pig”

is what some of us are doing to this lovely creatures. Its more like a prison camp. We are definitely not doing something right. So please register on time so we can plan well, Nobody should rear a pig like this

Feeding Pigs and Making Profits from Your Pig Farm

August 30, 2015

agromacpigs2.jpgFeeding is one of the major challenges pig farmers face. Farmers with less than fifty animals tend to cut down on transportation  by using their private cars to cart food and also feeding their animals more of cassava and  malt.

I visited about five farms over the weekend at Adeiso and i realized majority used malt from Achimota breweries and fruit waste from Blue Skies. The only problem was the fact that all the animals from piglets to matured sow and boars ate the same feed. Such animals will unfortunately take close to 16 months before reaching 80kg. So what are you feeding your animals?

My Experience

My weaners are growingI bought some 50 pigs that were about 7 months old from a neighbor who decided to close down his farm because some thieves stole about 10 matured pigs from the farm. I reared these animals for another 6 months and they still weighed less than 20kg carcass. But their bones were matured.

My point is that the first six months is very important in the life of a pig. If your pigs are piglets in size by six months then you are in trouble. Meaning you will  feed them close to 20 months before you can get close to 70kg live weight. So Invest in the feeding of your weaned piglets.

Weigh Your Animals

It is best if you weigh your animals every two weeks or month ending to see if their conversion ratio of feed to meat is good. Animals with a low conversion ratio should be disposed off quickly.Failure to notice and correct this phenomena will make you loose much.One way of correcting this is by De-worming the animals and giving them multi-Vitamins and Iron.

How to Make Profit from Your Pig Farm

Most farmers are just playing games on their farm. Below are some points on how to increase the profitability of your farm

  1. Buy your feed in Bulk. It is better if you prepare your feed for the month or at least two month and cart them to the farm             rather than buying them weekly. It will save you transportation cost. If you can afford some small truck, buy one.
  2.  Connect pipe to your farm if water is a problem.You increase cost if you buy water for your farm animals .
  3.  Feed your animals well especially the piglets. You can give them broilers starter for two months.  Make it a target to reach             100kg in one year.
  4.  Size is also very important. Start small but grow your farm to be able to handle 10 to 15 sows on the farm. Large number on             the farm reduce the unit cost of the feed and other fixed cost on the farm.
  5.    Get a cheaper source of carbohydrate and also feed all animals some level of proteins. Lack of proteins in diet leads to                 cannibalization especially sows eating all their piglets..
  6.   Weigh your animals before you sell.
  7.    Start with a good breed
  8.    Don’t Joke with Bio- Security
  9.   Get someone to stay on the farm or near the farm.
  10.  Keep proper records.

How to make Pig Farming Profitable?

April 27, 2015

I had a wonderful gentleman who made a cogent analysis of Commercial Pig farming in Ghana. I will encourage other Successful Pig farmers to give their experience as well. Not that i agree with what he said in totality, but the points he made is worth so much.

I’m commercial poultry farmer and I started commercial pig farming in Drobo-Brong Ahafo region recently. I started with 50 sows which will help me produce and sell 1,000 pigs/year.

But by my assessment, commercial pig Farming with commercial feed (average cost =940 GHC-1,200 GHC per tone) will not make this business profitable because of the low pig market price in Ghana (5.00-6.00 cedis per kg live weight).

The only way to make this commercial pig farming profitable in Ghana is to go into meat processing (sausage, hog dog, meat packaging, etc.) or feed your pigs with half inexpensive good Feed (see below ) and half commercial feed/feed formula (no more than 1kg/ day per pig).Feed them with free feed I call inexpensive feed and not paying any worker, doing the work yourself.

The other way to get money from pig farming in Ghana is to have a small farm ( 100-400 pigs). Those who keep saying they make money from pig farming in Ghana don’t know their exact production cost. They don’t even check or calculate the cost per tone, cost per pig for 1 month, two months or even the cost to produce 6, 7 or 8 months old pig. Some even keep their pigs for one year! How can they make money? A Pig eating 2kg formula feed, also called commercial feed will consume 60 kg of feed per month= 480 kg of feed within 8 months. 1kg of feed is 1GHC (Cheapest estimate) then you will be spending 480 cedis on one pig in 8 months. Where are the drugs, the labour cost per pig during the 8 months? How to sell this 8 months pig to make profit?

My advice feed your pigs with no commercial feed in order to make your business viable or go into processing if you have enough fund. I intend to go into pig processing with my 50 sow farm.

If you don’t have any job, you can try your time raising small number of pig and feed them cheap feed not formula feed and make little bit of money. If you factorize your time-free labour- and the feed cost per pig (from farrowing to finisher pig) you not making any good return.

Feeding Your Pigs with inexpensive good Feed:
1. Cassava root can completely replaced maize as energy source for pig. It should be sun dried or socking for 3 days to remove the gynogenic glycosides.
2. Cassava leave is a good source of protein
3. Dry cassava peel (Cassava husk or covers) is also relatively high in fiber. Palm oil should be added to reduce it dustiness.
4. Sweet potato root can be shopped and sun-dried and use as energy source for pig and cooking improve digestivity
5. Sweet potato leave also provide a good protein source for growing pigs.
6. Green banana contain lignin and tanmins and should be shopped and cooked and given as part of feed.
7. Banana leaves and plantain leaves can be fed directly to pigs
8. Groundnut cake and palm kernel cake are good source of protein
9. Papaya leaves are excellent source of vitamins.
10. Papaya fruits excellent source of vitamins. Boil the green Papaya fruits before given it to pigs but the red Papaya fruits can be given to pigs directly.
11. Cocoyam leaves provide 25% of protein to growing pigs
12. Sugarcane plant as pig feed
13. Sugarcane leaves as pig feed
14. Dead chicken from poultry farm use as meat meal= cut into pieces and given uncooked to pigs
15. other

We encourage pig farmers to cultivate banana, Cassava, and papaya, Cocoyam, Sweet potato, and sugar cane, etc. on their farms and use the pig manure to grow these cheap, free feed.

Hurray, Pig Farmers Association Supplies Pork to Accra Mall

March 29, 2015
Cold Van containing 588kg of Pork

Cold Van containing 588kg of Pork

After  chasing for the contract to supply the mall pork for about two years and actually signing the contract to start last December, I was finally given the green light to supply  15 pigs with carcass weight ranging from 50-70kg on 25th March, 2015.

Since I did not have the required weight, I had to travel to Mankessim for the animals. Delivery time was 10.00AM Wednesday morning. We set off  Tuesday night at about 11pm and got to the farm at 1.00AM.  Slaughtering started at 2.AM and oh my God, the work is not an easy one at all. Removing the hairs on the skin was quite tough for us because the water had not reached its boiling point. By 5.00Am, we had dressed only 3 pigs with 12 more to go. I quickly asked the farm owner to arrange for more butchers. He got additional three from the University.

Race against Time

By 10.00 we had only dressed 7 pigs so i quickly called my contact at the mall to tell him the delivery time of 10.00 would not be possible. I pleaded to him to allow me to deliver by 3.00pm. All he told me was that the gates would be closed by 4.00pm so i had to hurry.

By 1.00pm, we had 12 dressed pigs. I had to decide either to kill and dress 3 more and move or only to kill and dress one pig, I opted for the latter and by 2.00pm, we left the farm with the target of getting to the Accra mall latest by 4.00pm.

We were at Mallam junction by 4.00pm and I had to call again to plead for more time. He was furious but still urged us to hurry. We got to the mall at 4.30pm and I just wanted them to offload their pork for me to go home.

Offloading the goods

I was expecting the supervisor to call his boys to come for the pork, I how however suprised when I was told to bring the pork inside to be weighed. What about 4 boys carried and packed at the farm, I and my driver should offload and place on a scale 1m high.  Hmmmm, its not easy oooh, by the time I had carried 4  dressed pigs to the scale, I was panting like someone who had just completed a 100 meter race. After weighing, I was asked again to carry the dressed pork into their cold room and hang them almost three metres high. Walaahi!, that request I told them we cannot do. Since it was my first time too, I just asked one of their attendant to give us a helping hand.

We managed to weigh all the dressed pig and transferred them into their cold room. We had 588 kilogram carcass weight.  My first supply did not yield any profit. But the intention was to get the biggest opening for our pigs. What i supplied i learnt will finish on Friday meaning they consume 600kg in 3 days.

From my simple estimation, It can be deduced that Accra Mall need about 6000kg pork every month. Add the West Hill Mall and the Junction Mall to the equation, you are looking at roughly 16, 000kg worth of pork every month, this is equivalent to 320 eighty Kilograms pigs every month (more…)

Challenges of Supplying the Mall Pork Meat

January 11, 2015
West Hill Mall

West Hill Mall

The joy and excitement of supplying the Mall pork meat waned just after one week when i realized that the work was not an easy task. It becomes even more difficult when you do not have the pigs in your farm. The major challenge is meeting the requirement set up by the authorities of the mall. Some of the challenges of not supplying for the past two weeks were;

Scarcity of Pigs

Shortage of pigs during the past festive season was quite unbearable. Pigs were scarce due to a lot of factors i will not want to enumerate here. It helped push up the price of pork which is a good thing. However, obtaining 10 pigs a week on a constant basis actually forced me to hold on with the contract and prepare well.

Pig Business is Serious Money Business

It is not easy buying pigs to supply. You need to have a good capital base to enter into this line of business. Supplying 40 pigs in a month before being paid is not a fluke. You will need roughly GH30,000.00 to be able to supply continuously for one month. unfortunately, i did not have that kind of cash in last December. I was also strongly advised from going for a loan  from  micro-finance companies.

Weight range of Pigs wanted at the Mall

I have been supplying pigs to some pork joint in my neighborhood for about 3 months now and all the pigs i buy have carcass weight of about 45 – 55kg. My clients want pigs with carcass weight within the range of 60- 70 kg. The animals should also not be fatty. Getting such animals is not easy. In large quantities almost impossible.

Way Forward

To supply within the coming week, i need partnership from  serious pig farmers who have the pigs in Large quantities. I am a very busy person and don’t really have time roaming for pigs to buy to supply. So if you are a farmer out there with pigs within the range of 50kg to 80kg and you have 150 – 200 of such pigs, look for my number on this blog and give me a call. We need to secure this opportunity before it is taken from us.

Advise to Fellow Pig Farmers 

Some of us have been joking as pig farmers. We rear 10 animals and we say we are pig farmers. We need to increase our capacity. If we don’t want importation of pigs, then we need to rear a lot. The minimum animals a farmer should have should be 200 pigs on the farm. Demand is growing and we need serious farmers to help supply. We are starting with 10 pigs a week. It will grow to 50 pigs a week by next year because more malls are coming up.

Getting the weight required  means we have to feed the animals well. A farmer should hit this target in 6 months if the animals are fed well. So pig farmers out there, together we can make this work. So please give me a call if you have the animals and lets do business.

As William Arthur said; Opportunities are like sunrises, if you wait too long you will miss them. Call before it is too late. Happy new year to all my followers.

Hurray, Pig farmers get order to supply pigs to Newly built Mall

December 19, 2014

agromacpigs_thumb.jpgAfter chasing for a contract to supply the Accra Mall for a whole year, luck finally smiled on me today when I was given the contract to supply one of the malls Pork Meat. I am required to get at least 10 pigs with the average weight of 60 to 70kg carcass weight to the mall every week. The carcass should be lean with minimal fat.

What will it take to raise a Pig to that Weight

Raising Pigs profitably depends on the type of breed and quality of feed given. Mistakes most farmer make is to buy just any pigs as breeding stock. Farmers are to ensure they get the right breeding stock when starting their farms. This alone can save them a lot of wasted money. A well fed Large White Pig can attain a weight of 80kg to 100kg in 7 months if fed well.

Unfortunately,  most farmers in their attempt to cut down on feeding cost feed their animals brewery waste (Malt) mixed with cassava. The malt itself is not so nutritious, It contain high fiber with minimal protein. You cannot feed your animals only this combination and expect them to grow well. You only end up producing fatty pig which is not wanted of late. My next article would be on how to feed your pigs well.

My problem right now is how to get the quality pig the malls want. So if you are a pig farmer out there and you have pigs that weigh roughly around 70 to 80kg live weight. Then call me and lets do business, It is an opportunity for all of us, So pig farmers out there, lets make this work.

Increased Demand for Pork meat

Surprisingly, my prediction that there could be shortage of pigs came to pass. I have heard of middlemen going round with KIA trucks looking for pigs to buy and they are not getting. My little research at the malls indicates that they need 50 pigs every week. Aunt Julie kills 30 pigs everyday. Adding all the pork joints, hotels and the smaller marts I can estimate that Accra alone needs about  300 pigs every week.

This translate into 1200 pigs a month and 14400 pigs a year for Accra alone.  Adding Tema’s demand into the equation, you are looking at roughly 20,000 pigs annually for Accra and Tema.  So the question is, if we cannot produce this amount, what option do we leave the government? It will allow importation from Burkina Faso and other countries.

In over two years of rearing pigs, i have not seen a pig farmer with up to 1000’s of pigs and i think  this is the level we pig farmers must strife to attain. Let’s increase our capacity to rear at least 500 to 1000 pigs. If we can get 40 serious farmers with a herd size of about 500, we can supply both Accra and Tema. We just need to grow a lot of Soya beans and Maize as a country. This can be done. Our land is rich, we have water,so what’s our problem. Surprisingly, This amount can be supplied by just one farm in the USA. Obasanjo’s Farms in Nigeria is also producing a lot. Ghana also need the likes of Obasanjo’s who can invest their wealth to feed the nation. Pig farming is lucrative if it is done well.

So coming back to the main issue, we need pigs. So if you are out there with lots of pigs, just call me on 0244092052. I will not start supplying if i am not sure of a regular supply of pigs. I just don’t want to disappoint. That was the only warning I was given. ” We don’t want disappointments and excuses”. If you are also contemplating  starting a pig farm, this is the time to start.You need any help, give me a call. Consultation will not be free next year.

Merry Christmas and a prosperous new year to all my blog readers



Middle Men Fight over sale of my Pigs

November 22, 2014

My weaners are growingWonders they say never ends. Last Saturday, I was surprised to see  two middle men from Accra on my farm  who wanted to buy six of the pigs i was actually  reserving for Christmas. Whilst one had cash at hand, the other wanted a 10 day grace period before the money was delivered with the assurance of buying 30 pigs later.

But who sells pig on credit these days? I just followed my conscience and gave it to the buyer with cash since i needed the cash to buy feed. After the sale I wondered a little and started asking myself plenty questions. Why the rush for pigs all of a sudden? What has changed in the pig Industry? Is there shortage of pigs?

Why the rush for Pigs Now?

In the beginning of the Year,  African Swine Fever  wiped out most of the pigs  in Western Region and  in Greater Accra. This has resulted in some farmers folding up and leaving the business all together. Millions of pigs were also culled as a result. Importers also seem to have slowed down on the importation due to the exchanged rate, at a point during the year, the Cedi was almost GH4.00 to a Dollar.

Demand for pigs has also increased significantly due to the opening of the West Hill Mall. Lastly, it seems Ghanaian’s are really enjoying the pork meat because the pork joints have increased significantly. All these factors have increased the demand for meat which is quite short in the system.

So to the farmers who were able to keep the animals well, I believe their cocoa season has come. If you are also contemplating starting a pig farm, now is the time to start because i don’t see the demand coming down soon.

Delivered my First Pork Meat

Last year by this time, i had over 120 matured pigs with nobody to buy. I chased for middle men to purchase my pigs. They all wanted to rip me apart. What options did i have then? And its not a funny thing if you have animals you cannot feed. I had to let the animals go for pittance. So I decided to find my own market. My first option was to open a joint, but the pressure of work will not allow me to handle it well.

So I targeted the pork joints. God being so good, I had my first contract two days ago. I delivered 200kg of pork to two different pork joints in my neighborhood.

Since my matured pigs had finished, I traveled to another pig farm at Nsanwam to buy them at GH8.00 per kilo carcass weight. So if you are out there and you have animals to sell. Just Hala me on 0244092052. Will come to your farm and buy already dressed pig. Its not really about making profit, I just want to create market outlet for some members who have pigs so that when mine is ready, i will already have some market outlets.

Pork Market to be Established

Plans are far underway to establish a pork Market at the Texpo Markets off the Spintex Road. It would afford consumers the chance to buy directly from the farmers. Influence of middle men would be minimized drastically in this business when the pork market is established. Help is however needed since the cost is very high. But if farmers really want to enjoy the fruit of their labour, all hands should be on board to make the pork market work.

Workshop Postponed till January

The workshop for pig farmers has been postponed till January due to financial constraint. Organizing this workshop would cost at least GH3,000.00 which the executives are still combing around for cash. So hopefully in the fourth week of January 2015, The Pig Farmers Association of Ghana would host its first general workshop for pig farmers.


In all, the year has been a good one. Even though we had our challenges, i believe the pig industry is still growing. Pig farmers should come together to make the industry a better one. If you don’t hear from me again this year, then I am wishing all my fellow pig farmers out there a merry Christmas and a prosperous new year in advance.


Pig Farming Challenges and Opportunities

August 2, 2014
Pig Farmers Executives meet Agriculture Minister

Pig Farmers Executives meet Agriculture Minister

It’s been a while since I last posted articles on this blog. I have not abandoned the pig farming business but rather looking for ways and means to make the Pig farmers Association a Stronger one.

We met the deputy minister of  Food and Agriculture in June to deliberate on numerous issues affecting pig farming in Ghana, we were admonished to build a strong database of all pig farmers in Ghana. Other issues deliberated upon will be in my next article.

This year did not start well for pig farmers in general. The outbreak of African Swine Fever in the Western Region caused a lot of farmers to loose their pigs. Pockets of the disease has also caused harvoc in Greater Accra.  What this means is that there is going to be shortage of pigs during the Christmas festivities.  My recommendations for prospective pig farmers, don’t bother yourself to buy gilts, buy piglets and fatten them for Christmas.

More opportunities exist in the pig industry but it is quite unfortunate that every prospective pig farmers wants to rear pig. Marketing of pig products is highly profitable.  I will encourage those who want to invest in this business to seriously consider feed processing and marketing.

Challenges in Pig Farming

High Cost of Feed

The greatest challenge in the pig farming  Industry in  Ghana is the high cost of feed.  Wheat bran in my locality  is  going for about $6.00 per 25kg bag. If the country cannot invest more in agriculture and grow more maize,  then all the hullabaloo about the poultry farmers producing  40% of our meat requirements would remain a mirage.


This is one area most pig farmers take for granted and it has  caused some farmers to loose all their animals.  We allow anybody to visit our farms without any form of disinfectation, we transfer animals to our farms without any check on their health,  we rent our boars out to cross gilts in another farm, These are just a few lapses in our bio security that we take for granted. Pig farmers need to be educated to make them aware of the long term effect of continuously ensuring basic bio security on their farms.

Marketing Agency

Imagine what will happen if we had an agency like COCOBOD in the Pig Industry. I will call it  Ghana Livestock Board. It’s role will be to buy all livestock at an agreed price, process and market. At least it will create a ready market and a uniform price for pig and other livestock all over the country.

No Feed Mill.
Lack of Feed mill is also a major problem. I had to drive for about 3 hours from Tema Roundabout to my farm around Winneba Roundabout to mix feed for my pig. At the mill, I met a poultry Farmer who was coming from Kpando, he claims in that vicinity up to Hohoi, there is no feed mill. Meaning for all the poultry and pig farmers in Volta Region, Central Region and even Western Region, there is no feed mill.
How can we produce in large quantities if we have to spend the whole day preparing one tonne or two tonne of feed? We need help but I don’t think the government is ready yet, so if you really want to invest in Agriculture to help poultry and pig farmers, invest in a feed mill for us.



Effect of African Swine Fever on Pig Farming in Ghana.

January 31, 2014

20130219_081453We were just about starting a pig market in Tema when the news of African Swine Fever in the Western Region of Ghana hit the headlines in Ghana. The news disturbed me a lot because I know the rippling effect it will have on pig farmers. There is a saying that if you see your neighbours house on fire, get enough water ready because your house might be the next to be burnt. Before we can even start
thinking of how to prevent it from spreading to the others regions, I think we ought to investigate how it got there in the first place

African Swine Fever was first reported in West Africa in April 1996 where over 120, 000 pigs were culled in Ivory Coast. They traced the Inception of the disease to a farmer who collected Swill from the leftover of a rich community in Abijan which patronized imported pork products.

The disease soon spread to Benin, Nigeria and Togo before being transferred to Ghana. Thousands of pigs were culled as a result.

How does the disease Start
The warthog and the bush pigs have been identified to be the source of the virus. The warthog and the Bush Pig are found in sub sahara Africa. Transmission of the virus from the Warthog and bush pig to domestic pigs is through the bite of the soft tick or by the ingestion of the warthog or bush pig tissue.

What this really means is that free ranging pigs have the highest tendency of getting infected since they can easily get bitten by infected soft ticks. Once infected, transmission to other pig farms within a wide radius is just matter of days

Movement of Pigs
As has been said earlier on ,infested pigs carrying the African Swine Fever virus should be properly managed to curb a fast breakout of the disease. It is imcumbent on the authorities to put in the right checks and balances to regulate the movements of pigs from one region of location to the other.

The Ministry of Food and Agriculture ensure that vertinary offices at the district and municipal levels are well equiped to assist farmers to conduct the necessary inspections and provide the right documentation needed to transport safe and non-infested pigs to other locations.

The way forward
To protect the pig industry in Ghana, Authorities would have to regulate the activities of pig farmers nationwide. They can start by registering all pig farms or encourage them to join an association. Pig farms that do not meet some basic requirement must be closed down.

African Swine Fever was introduced into Portugal when a pig farmer fed leftovers from an Airport in Lisbon to his pigs. In most European countries, feeding of swill to pigs is illegal and a criminal act.

To protect the pig industry in Ghana, the Government would have to be proactive and pass some laws that can curb or totally reduce the occurrence of the African Swine Fever in Ghana

The issue of free ranging pigs must also be looked at. Most people do not eat pig because they are perceived to be dirty. When they see the animals wallowing in some dirty gutter, their apprehension towards that animal remain for a long time. Apart from the effect it has on the consumers, it is also one of the quickest means by which African Swine Fever can be introduced into the country. It will take some laws to get all pigs out of the gutter. What is our Government doing about free ranging pigs.

We have a long way to go as pig farmers. Whilst we were strategising on how to market our pigs, African Swine Fever shows its ugly head in the Western Region. If things are not done right, it will not take long before it affects pigs in the Central and Greater Accra Region. This is a fight all pig farmers should be prepared for.

The entire industry is hanging in a balance, we need to come together, have one strong voice before our concerns can be considered. Our next meeting is scheduled for the 8th of February, come and lets strengthen the association and plan our next line of action after the introduction of the African Swine Fever in the Western Region.


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