A pig value chain program under CGIAR Livestock and Fish Research program in Uganda through the Irish Aid-funded project is extending a pig business hub model-MorePORK to Lira and Hoima districts. The project aims to enhance access of pig farmer to business development services as well as technical support to participating farmers. The project will also facilitate collective marketing by farmers that will enable them to negotiate better prices for their animals as well as access to auxiliary farm input and service through a check-off system. The 3 year project is a follow-up of initial projects supported by European Commission-IFAD (2011-2013) in Kamuli, Mukono and Masaka districts.
The Livestock and Fish Research work to improve the pig value chain in Uganda started in 2012 amidst reservations of its impact due to inter alia limited policy support of the value chain and societal prejudice against pork consumption. However, after research, public and private-sector partner engagement and practical interventions along the pig value chain, results are starting to trickle in. One of the projects-the Smallholder Pig Value Chain Development (SPVCD)-helped producers address feed constraints by formulating pig feeds using locally available resources and improving animal health by designing protocols to control Africa Swine Fever. Closely related was the Safe Food, Fair Food project that improved pork safety through research on prevalence and control of pork tapeworm through training of farmers, butchers and health inspectors. ILRI, which leads this work together with its local partners have championed the formation and registration of seven pig farmers’ cooperative societies that help farmers to collectively market their pigs and jointly access inputs and services
At pork processing node of the value chain, the SPVCD project has undertaken a feasibility study for the setup of a centralized pig abattoir in Masaka District and a business plan for this facility. Earlier on, MorePork project had facilitated setup of a biogas plant at one of the cooperative the project was working with, the only formal centralized pig abattoir in the country, as a pilot study on off-farm waste management.
http://livestockfish.cgiar.org/2015/06/05/uganda-vcd/ and http://livestockfish.cgiar.org/2015/08/26/uganda-pigs-summary/