My name is Namubiru Damalie Musoke, a 28-year-old female civil engineer from Kampala, Uganda.
Two years ago, having been convinced by many that pig farming is a profitable investment, I decided to go ahead and try it out. Investing all my two-year’s savings, I started up a small-scale piggery, with six pigpens, four sows, and one boar on my one acre of land in Bombo (a rural area), in luwero district.
Right now, I have 42 pigs, including the latest two sets of litters of eight and nine piglets. Roughly, I have had a turnover of 200 piglets with Camborough, large white, and large black being the main breeds on the farm. I have an employee whom I provide with accommodation, food, and pay USD 20 per month.
I am basically the main pig farmer in my village despite having learnt everything I know about pigs from my own farm experience! So, currently, I have a few schools that have visited my small-scale farm, like Gombe Technical, for field studies, despite the low-standard pigpens. I have also had several individuals come for consultancy on pig farming, as well as villagers requesting to give them piglets and gilts free of charge. This is so they raise them until they get pregnant and give birth, and then we can share the piglets evenly.
Most of these people cannot afford a piglet of USD 15 but it’s their desire to rear pigs as a way of eradicating poverty. I would really love to work with them but, unfortunately, my little income cannot sustain that long-term plan right now due to an increasing cost of pig feed. Therefore, I decided to forego their proposals, hence giving cash-paying customers first priority.
Now, with the existence of the YAP programme and the USD 5,000 grant, all this can change for the better! I believe that, with this grant, I will be in position to help my community in different ways:
For starters, based on the existing pigs on the farm, I will be able to stock up pig feeds in large amounts so that each pig receives a proper, complete feed for a better performance, resulting in good production and better profits.
I will also be able to put up more standard pigpens, to increase production to at least 50 sows and 10 boars on the farm.
The success of my pig farm will give rise to opportunities for my community: to obtain at least two, free piglets per homestead for startup, as well as free consultancy services. This means the young and the old can all benefit from pig farming, eradicating poverty from our community.
My main motivation for investing in pig farming is the high consumption rates of pork in Uganda compared to the low pig production, making the market for porkers readily available at high profits. My community will also benefit from having a local pork producer who they can join with to sell in bulk with strong negotiating power. This is in addition to offering them good breeds of piglets as well as free consultancy without incurring travel costs.
When the farm is upgraded and expanded, I will, first, be able to sell five pigs per week, each at about USD 140 hence making USD 700 per week.
Second, a single pig gives birth to as much as 15 piglets at a time and, after two months of weaning, they can be sold at least USD 15 each, thus making roughly USD 225 in one production!
I plan to use the USD 5,000 grant in the following steps:
- Feeds USD 2,000
- Construction of pens USD 2,800
- Medicine USD 60
- Employee salary and expenditure USD 140.
When the USD 5,000 grant is provided to me all the above will be put in place, and all that will be left to do is feed and take care of the pigs—as I wait to smile to the bank very soon for there is nothing as good as being in business when you are sure of profit.
Blogpost and picture submitted by Namubiru Damalie Musoke (Uganda): nxtina[at]yahoo.com
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