Zimbabwe pig industry builds export stock
The nation's breeding stock is starting to be built up
by the Pig Industry Board in Zimbabwe with a target of 25,000 sows to ensure
exports are met.
A five-year strategic plan was instigated
by industry stakeholders in 2003 following a drop in about 7,000 sows between
1994 and 2003 due to production problems created by disused pig units during the
The plan succeeded in achieving a growth of around 4,000 sows between 2005
Dr Paul Ndiweni, the Pig Industry Board's Director, commented that "this
growth was reached by organising farmers into a national association to improve
the supply chain and by assisting farmers with finance training and accessing
Modern breeding station
He also announced the building of
a modern pig breeding station in Acturus able to hold 1,500 sows and a
multiplier unit for 1,000 sows at Bulawayo station in an attempt to create a
target herd of 25,000 sows by 2009.
Over the next few years, the board will work together with banks to finance
200 commercial pig units of 500 sows.
Nidweni commented that "the response and demand from farmers and especially
new farmers is overwhelming".
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