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Pig Farming in Uganda, Haraam or Hidden Pearl?

In looking at this small business for investment, just one should be aware of religious sensitivities notably as about 12% of Uganda’s 35m population is Muslim. This is about 4.3m men and women and therefore relatively important as it would practically be haraam (loosely translated signifies taboo or “forbidden” in Arabic) to start off this enterprise in a neighbourhood which has a sizeable Muslim inhabitants, like say Mbale – my residence town.

Even though on the spiritual matter, it is worth remembering that Matthew 7: 6 claims “do not toss your pearls to pigs. If you do, they could trample them underneath their feet, and then change and tear you to pieces.”

I have a short while ago invested in a 50/50 joint undertaking with a relatives good friend to start out a piggery challenge in Mbale. I offered the commence-up doing the job cash and he offered the land and housing. I am continue to doubtful irrespective of whether I have thrown my pearls (i.e. funds) away as it has been more than 1 thirty day period and there are nonetheless no indicators of the project’s development by way of pics or a progress report. His cellphone is off and I have no other usually means of contacting him.

It reminds me of yet another farmer mate who I not long ago spoke to. Someone broke into her farm in Jinja and run off with 3 adult pigs, squealing and all I imagine. Her protection guard explained to her that he was drunk at the time and consequently did not listen to something. I nonetheless feel they(pigs) ended up stolen in connivance with the safety guard for the reason that initially a developed pig weighs about 120 kg and secondly they can squeal so loud at say 130 dB. To place this into standpoint, this is thought of increased than the best safe and sound amount for listening to (120 dB). Other sources review a frightened pig’s squeal to the sound degree of a jet having off i.e. 113 dB. Possibly way, that’s rather loud.

It is hence difficult to understand how these 3 developed pigs were being stolen without the need of the guard butting an eyelid, drunk or not.

The initially floor rule in creating this business in Uganda is to make sure that you have reliable small business companions or employees or else you will eliminate your “pearls” to pigs (practically).

There are other factors you will need to seem into prior to investing in this sector.

Initially THE Cons


Pigs try to eat massive portions. A totally mature pig especially one particular to rear for commercial purposes will try to eat about 3.4kg a working day. A developing 1 eats on ordinary 2.02 kg. If you are buying animal feed, which comprises primarily maize food then the value will be significant specially presented the steadily climbing maize costs in Uganda (owing to droughts). You have two options to countering this substantial price:

  • Alternative 1: Expand your have foods i.e. maize and vegetables to feed them and complement this with protein(say fish or soy food).
  • Solution 2: Make certain the farm is situated close to a significant boarding college and/or a hotel/cafe so that you can pay back up coming to nothing for “Swill” i.e remaining overs like maize/corn meal (named “Posho” in neighborhood converse) and beans from the colleges (corn food and beans are a staple foodstuff in boarding faculties in Uganda and so commonly available).You can then complement the maize and beans meal with leftover protein food say rooster or beef from hotels/places to eat. A further alternate but low cost protein resource is Dagaa/Omena fish (named “mukene” in local speak). Pigs are just after all omnivorous and will pretty much eat anything at all(you should not however feed them rotting foods).

2. Cash stream/Functioning funds

Like most agriculture associated pursuits, particularly in Uganda you need to have to have cash on hand and particularly for at least 11 months(progress and gestation period of time for pigs) just before you start out earning from the sale of the pigs. This is specifically a essential thing to consider as there are no highly developed credit history card services and agriculture financial loans especially with out stability are hard to come by in Uganda.

3. Diseases

Pigs are inclined to numerous ailments and it is not uncommon for the government to quarantine full districts next disorder outbreaks like the deadly African Swine Fever. It is for that reason vital that as aspect of the start up you enter into an arrangement with a veterinary officer who will be out there for scheduled immunisation, schedule checks as effectively as emergencies. The Federal government programme beneath the NAADS plan might assistance in providing free of charge/subsidised veterinary expert services, I nonetheless advise a private arrangement to ensure regularity as sometimes civil servants in Uganda are not trusted.

4. Drinking water resource.

Pigs have no sweat glands and so to interesting off, they need water (or a “mud bathtub”). Furthermore you need water to clean up out their pens and feeding regions primarily as their populace boosts- and it does swiftly! It is as a result important to have hundreds of h2o. I consequently advocate that you set up the farm near an uncomplicated water source these kinds of as say a swamp or that you install a h2o tank to harvest rain h2o. These are the cheapest and most helpful possibilities in Uganda in contrast to piped h2o supply from the drinking water provide organization, NWSC.


1. Fewer intense administration.

As very long as you invest in very good housing that for illustration properly separates lactating sows from the rest, has separate feeding and sleeping locations and the like then with a very little land you can easily manage pig farming with couple of personnel.

2. Profitability owing to desire.

A ton of sources believe that this sector is a person of the most lucrative ventures in animal farming especially as they require fewer intensive management in comparison say to poultry or dairy-farming. The profitability in Uganda is pushed by the enormous desire for pork.

As for each a Uganda Bureau of Studies Livestock census in 2008 there were being just in excess of 3.1 million pigs. Assuming expansion prices because then on the basis of the overall economy progress (true GDP) which was about 7.2% in 2009, 5.20% in 2010 and 6.4% in 2011, then the pig populace is estimated at 4.3 million at 2012. This is still a incredibly little quantity specifically when in comparison say to hen which for every the similar census ended up over 37 million in 2008 and for that reason estimated (on the exact basis of GDP growth) to be 44 million in 2012.

I can assume that there will be a continued desire for pork and over time other connected industries will create for pork items such as sausages, bacon, gammon and the like notably as the population’s money levels increase(driven by financial expansion).

On the basis of a model evaluation I have made, I summarise the profitability for this sector as down below:

Return on Capital

  • Start-up Money(such as working money for 11 months) (A): Shs. 7,738,248
  • Income per 12 months (B): Shs. 2,681,086
  • Return on Investment/Capital (years to get cash back) (A/(B): 2.886 a long time.

*The income is calculated around a 14 thirty day period interval consisting of period 1 and season 2.

It should be observed that the original expense/start up capital will continue to be recovered in seasons 3 onwards as the piglets from year 1 and time 2 experienced.

Closing term

In light-weight of the pretty fast return on expenditure, this is undoubtedly a sector truly worth searching into.