YAP Proposal #344: Piggery for prosperity (Emmanuel Luyinda, Uganda)

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I am Luyinda Emmanuel, a 26-year-old Ugandan agriprenuer with over three years’ experience in  the piggery agribusiness sector in Uganda. I have certificates in pork production and pig artificial insemination , and I am the co-founder and CEO of Village Pork(U) limited, the “Best producer of the only meat to meet your needs”.

Village Pork is a pork production company using low-cost feeding technology combined with superior pig breeds to produce high quality lean and fresh pork for the market. We aim at plugging the pork deficit in Uganda.

I grew up on my father’s farm and hence developed passion for farming at a young age. Our dream is to have the largest pig farm in East Africa, complete with a processing plan.

On a rainy November morning, a barefooted, teary young lady stands beneath cover of a gigantic mango tree. Clad in what looks like a school uniform and clutching a pair of sandals, she is drenched in a fair measure of what were the last of that season’s rains.

That a girl who should have been school at such a time was riskily standing under a tree during a downpour, looking terrible as she was, drove me to want to seek the cause of her misfortune.

Jane, as she introduced herself, went on to reveal that she had just been denied the opportunity to take her final secondary school exams. This came after having sacrificed to repeat the final year in order to make a good showing at the final exams.

It wasn’t the teacher’s fault; Jane had been unable to pay her school fees for the previous two terms. Still, Jane wasn’t to blame for this. Apparently affairs on her father’s small farm had taken a turn for the worse at the beginning of the year.

Most of the crop had been decimated, and most of the cows hit with a local bout of foot and mouth disease, among other seemingly innumerable challenges. It meant that Jane and her three siblings’ school fees had moved down the pecking order of their family’s priorities.

By now, the rains had tapered off as if in sympathy of this young woman’s predicament.

Jane’s plight is the reality of life for many youth, especially young women and girls, in my community. They would like to continue with their education but the shackles of poverty hold them captive, restraining any chance at a decent life.

Ideally, if such young people fail to pursue education for any reason, they should be systematically afforded proper business skills from which they can begin to build small businesses to develop themselves and support their families. That very idea is at the center of how we work at Village Pork Farm.

Several months after I first met her, Jane visited Village Pork farm for a duration of 2 weeks. Having only known about the traditional techniques of raising pigs in Uganda, which are liable to a high disease burden, are labor intensive, and result in slow growth of the animals, this was a chance for her to interface with a modern and highly productive pig farming business.

She was impressed with our insistence on efficient utilization of resources, using a relatively small piece of land to mount our operation. She was taught the most fundamental aspect of the business: management. One of our workers joked to her that whenever a pig looked at you, it would be saying “take care of me and I’ll take care of your bank account”.

It was emphasized to her that a successful piggery venture relies on a systematic set of procedures followed on the farm and revised every so often to keep in tune with the best farming practices. She was introduced to our breed selection process, the decisions behind our choice of artificial inseminations, immunization schedules, bio-security measures, feeding formulae calibration according to a pig’s age and purpose on the farm, etc.

She also learned about other techniques we had adapted to the local farming environment, such as making silage from sweet potato vines that could be stored for months, as opposed to just discarding the vines after harvests. Most impressive of them all is our Indigenous Micro-Organism technology (I.M.O), where micro-organisms are introduced into a stratified floor system made of several materials.

These organisms break down the pigs’ fecal matter, making the sties smell-free, free of disease-causing pathogens, and less labour-intensive. The pigs can also feed on some of the materials the floor is made from – something called cycle feeding – thereby reducing feeding requirements by 30%.

She was motivated by the how profitable piggery was in Uganda. Lastly we introduced her to the concepts of market assessment, product placement and how to best sell one’s farm produce to maximize profits.

After one year, Jane now runs a small modern farm supplying the local pork joints. Jane’s experience represents how we strive to actualize our vision as a community business: run a sustainably profitable business while equipping local youth with the skills and knowledge to establish their own business to support the wider community.

Under that scheme, we have so far hosted 25 youth at the farm, and many of these have gone on to start their own farm with our guidance.

The  USD $5000 will enable us scale our operations to manage the increasing supply contracts as well as enabling more youth learn and join the trade.

  • Within the first month, USD $1500 will be used to purchase 10 adult sows from the national breeding center. These will be artificially inseminated with semen imported from The Netherlands (worth $300) in the same month.
  • Feed worth USD $2000 will be purchased to cover the entire project period.
  • We will spend USD $1000 on structural expansion in the third month in preparation for the farrowing of the pregnant sows.
  • We will spend USD $200 on iron and vitamin supplements, antibiotics and nipple drinkers.

The project will be run as follows:

The sows will be artificially inseminated and give birth after 115 days (about 4 months) to about 100 piglets. The piglets will be raised at the farm until 2 months of age, after which half will be given to the youth to start their own farms and other half raised for the benefit of the farm.

The mother sows will be inseminated again in the 6th month of the project and deliver another 100 piglets in the 10th month. Again, half will go to the youth and half to the farm. We will ensure that the youth trained at the farm mentor other youth once they start their farms

By the end of the one year project, 50 youth will have started their farms after the training at the Village Pork. Their farms will be self-sustainable as feeding costs, which account for 70-85% of inputs, will  be covered by the maize and sweet potatoes(for silage) grown in abundance in the community.

Once they start operating their farms, they will have a minimum revenue of USD $1800 by the end of their first year of business, with exponential increase in returns in the subsequent years.

Success of the project will be measured based on the total number of youth trained at the farm in comparison with those who eventually start their own farm.

Over 300 other jobs will be created indirectly through spins offs: butchermen, suppliers, distributors, pig farm managers and many more. A positive impact will be made on the livelihood of workers and other employees as they will earn a living to support their children’s education, basic health care and other essential needs.

This venture will continue to ignite the passion of agriculture among youth in my community.

Join us in realizing the dreams of our community with the idea of Pigs for Prosperity.

 

Blogpost and picture submitted by Emmanuel Luyinda (Uganda) – eluyinda[at]gmail.com

The content, structure and grammar is at the discretion of the author only.


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517 thoughts on “YAP Proposal #344: Piggery for prosperity (Emmanuel Luyinda, Uganda)

    1. By the way Emma z hay grown in uganda or what is the Uganda version of hay and how can it be maintained on the farm???

      1. hello Mr. busingye, hay is not grown. farmers grow fodder crops like elephant grass, harvest dry it and keep it for the hard days. I confess, im no expert on hay matters. I know more about silage which is for pigs.

    2. This Is pretty nice Emma. Bt we have a problem of seasonality of feeds whose prices are not stable due to the Poor agric practices in our country. How Is this affecting your out put.

      1. Kenny, the truth is the seasonality of feeds is a great hindrance to this venture and all the other modern farmers. Through other techniques like use of hydroponics fodder technology, and utilising of cheap potato vines to make silage, as well as stocking in bulk during the seasons of abundance, is how we try to curtail this problem

      1. hey William, the profit is small, but taking into account that these youth could have been living on less than a dollar a day previously. this then is an upgrade in their life. Plus its 1800 USD, and they still have stock, with the farm growing

    3. I would like to see how you come up with the revenue estimates for the new farms you help setup becuase its been a grey area for me

      1. hello Billy, these estimate is based on the expectations of two farrowings(births) giving us about 20 piglets, the estimate is based on the sell of the first batch of raised pigs..there is more as the second batch is still growing,,and the mothers are getting inseminated again,,,this is cyclic wealth generation

    4. Hi Emma,
      What are the best breeds of pig one can rare ?
      And how much is each piglet ?

      I am starting a piggery very soon.
      Thanks

  1. Hey Emmanuel, the idea is viable and feasible within the context of Uganda and East Africa as a region. Best wishes and hope to visit and get a few piglets as I aim to diversify my sources of income

      1. Yes David, i totally agree with you.after establishing and growing in one’s business, one can think of diversifying…

      1. as long the idea gets scaled. with tonnes and tonnes of production. all we be covered. my friend, im not that good at financials

  2. This is a great idea. Have had interest in these Efficient piggery techniques and would love to know more.

    1. Since feeding is the biggest cost incurred at the farm, once look for other alternative feeding options such as making sillage form potato vines, spent grain from breweries, You get closer to achieving your dream. Plus i would advise one to buy maize during the maize season to store for the hard times. the IMO techonology ensures lean pork production , less disease occurence..all these saving you costs…looking forward to more questions and more talk on this subject..

  3. YAP Project #344. I am Ugandan and would like to ask Mr. Luyinda how the Indigenous Micro Organism (IMO) works.

    1. hello Muwulya, thanks for this question. a pit is dug a 3 feet below the ground, logs of wood are laid down, then maize stalks or any garden wastes, dry ones, then final foot is made of straw, from timber cuttings. The microbes used for IMO are cultured locally using rice about 1kg, that is fermented, or sweatpotato juice,. the microbes are dilutes in large volumes about 50 liters,,,The farmer sprinkles the liquid every morning into the sty,,,the microbes decompose the faecal matter, hence no smell in the pigsty. also the pigs go on to feed that mixture of faecal matter and straw. well its a long process, but hope i have tried to be brief here

  4. Youth engagement and participation in agribusiness is the direction we need to point our fellow youths too. Piggery is the way to go. Reap from it and don’t forget to initiate a youth or two to improve their subsistence.

  5. It is indeed very encouraging to see such young briliant minds impacting community. These kinds of comminity based initiatives are the ones that need out support. Way to go, please keep it up. The best proposal i have seen sofar

    1. hey Moses, thanks man. u should start washing your plates, for this will be the best pork you will ever taste. thanks for the advice. any advice on how to empower the youth more?

  6. Emma I am really impressed with your proposal. Its wonderful.
    How do I get you? I need your help. Thank you

  7. wow…. I have learnt something here. I have a keen interest in piggery and the information learnt here could be of great use to my yet to be established undertaking

  8. This is a great initiative.
    Personally I started a small piggery farm back yard 2 years ago as a side business besides my software engineering job.
    I started with 2 piglets but now have over 15 pigs and the prospects look so promising. I’m sure there’s a lot I can learn from Village Pork(U) Ltd

      1. Actually now that you talked about it. A visual approach to the above would actually appeal to so many people. We can always do a documentary and then just tailor and translate it to suit any respective community. I would gladly partner with you on this. It is an chance to empower and create awareness. Cheers

  9. Great initiative for the agricultural sector especially creating opportunities to empower the Ugandan youth population.

  10. A business that wants to grow along with the community it finds itself in.Thats what I find very special about Village Pork(U) LTD

  11. Impressive Emma!! With that kind of passion and love for what you do, there can be no limitations to what you can achieve. Bonne chance mon ami.

  12. A caring heart will always be rewarded # Thanks for this project ; best of luck in all your endeavors. I support you

  13. Surely am impressed, please send me your contacts, and your adress as well, so that i can be able to come and visit your farm.

  14. Mr. Luyinda thanks for the project proposal. Do the youths pay a fee when they come to learn about piggery farming?

  15. Reading through the article brings smiles. With the passion and expertise the possibility of assisting that many youth who need to get skills and get gainfully employed is real! Noble worthy cause!

  16. Love this, am trying out and will borrow a leaf on how to minimise feeding costs and the artificial insemination stuff…hope you win this bro

  17. As a person who grew up on a farm, this is such a great idea to help our youth and there isnt a better person to make this happen other than Emmanuel because of his enthusiasm, hardwork and the skills he has. Thank Mr Luyinda

    1. Hello Tonny, you guys did it big in farming. Tractors at your farm in the days farming mechanisation was unknown in Uganda. Thanks for the support bro. all advice is welcome

  18. Impressive Emmanuel, i sincerely hope to see your dreams become a reality to become a market leader in the region and a true testament to entrepreneurial excellence among the youth. Look forward to working with you and supporting you

  19. This is an awesome piece, how I wish you could include crops as well for instance banana planting to capture the droppings as manure. Other wise great work man

      1. the pig faecal matter will make great manure for vegetables,which are also selling like hot cake in our local markets

    1. Hey James, i acknowledge the fact that the pig faecal matter cant go to waste…we are looking at a biogas project for energy at the farm…i’m told vegetable do well with pig faecal matter, still exploring the options

  20. This is amazing and when they say Uganda is a Pearl Of Africa, I choose to say Uganda will go a long way because of such a noble Initiative. Pigs are indeed Pink Gold

  21. Well done Emmanuel. I think this is a very very good project. I want to borrow a leaf from it. Very good ideas.

  22. Hullo Emmanuel, very good idea! Also hvlaving my small farm in my home village but my pigs are indigenous type hope we can get in touch to further explore this! Email:tomwaltz.waltz@gmail.com.
    Great great idea emma

  23. I congratulate you for this initiative of not only feeding and also finding solutions to some of the community problems concerning youth education. I would like to know what are some of the challenges that you went through the journey in order to reach your goal???

    1. Thanks Kakel, the major limitations have been the fluctuating feed costs, poor pig breeds, and majorly “The poor mentality” with regards to farming countrywide. farming is not considered a business hence the losses they get.

  24. I would advise that you work on initiating a youth piggery union or integrate one in order to synergize with farmers and strive to be the leader in piggery business in East Africa… Good Luck….

  25. Village Pork Farm can also partner with professionnal institutions inside and outside uganda in order to upgrade the production facilities so to be more competitive as importation and subsidies from other countries constitute a threat for local production…

  26. Is there a local institution that Village Pork Ltd can partner with to rely on for insemination as total dependence on importation from Netherlands is not totally reliable. I would suggest you work on that even though we know it has a lot to do with technology mastering but strategic partnership is always important…

  27. I am curious to know what made Village pork believe that it can create 300 jobs via spinoffs. On which financial or production figures did you base. It is very interesting indeed and need to know more…

    1. thanks Mr. kakel, the spin offs are jobs created through, the value chain. the youth will start their farms that may need attendants, the jobs for the butcher men, the jobs for the vets, the jobs for the feeds supplliers, transporters, the pork joint women, the people who roast pork, the abbatoir people, all in all, this will create many jobs in the long run

  28. One more thing Emmanuel, am also interested in Economic empowerment, we could share notes on how to make these new farms self sustaining by easing the burden on piggery farming at community level. I will get in touch

  29. Hi Emma, fantastic idea! So how are u managing the feeds supply? I imagine it’s hard to finance and sustain.

  30. Emma, just wondering whether it is the 25 youth on the farm already who will get the piglets. Also elaborate more about the sustainability bit.
    Thanks,
    Ronal

    1. many youth have trained at the farm, but not all have been supported to start their own farms due to the low resources. however with the grant suport, all trained will be given piglets to start with. they will sustain their farms due to 1. the knowledge they have acquired on the farm , especially the subject of alternative feeding methods

    1. hello, we havent ventured yet in crop growing. however, the sweet potato vines are gotten way cheaply during the sweet potato harvest seasons.. the community grows these crops in abundance

  31. Emmanuel, I love this. Well, simply because I love pork. Very interested in the idea. I’ll look for you for a further breakdown. Good luck.

  32. Emma im now waiting for pork at a local kafunda . Looking forward to having the lean one Next tym kajjambo. Anti wkend

  33. I love the heart behind the idea. Business from the heart, Bussiness with a higher call.
    It is a comprehensive write up which has covered all aspects of pig farming. Thank you readers for teaching us,
    Blessings and all the best

    1. thanks Yusuf, soya vs silver fish, is a controversial topic that leaves many scientist divided. but personally i think animal protein(silver fish) would bbe better… The problem with soya, is that you have to first roast it, because of the anti -trypsin enzymes

  34. Wow…….This is amazing . Real inspirational . Am challenged . Am going back to my garden . Keep up the spirit . At this rate your dream is highly achievable . Good luck .

    1. Thanks Miss Kyaligamba, Yes we have a training manual. The market is assured in uganda and East africa, since 30% of the pork we consume is imported. the demand is bigger than the market. the meat processing companies are forced to import pork from Brazil, China, India

    1. Dr. Mugisha, any time man…Piggery should be looked at in the same manner you run a hospital,,this and that guideline…this protocol and the other measurement….professionalism!!!

  35. This is so impressive. I am eagerly waiting for that very day for all of this to come true. So realistic. This will for sure bring about the much desired progress in the youth.

  36. Thanks for what you doing, not only for yourself but also others to move from where they are to other levels in terms of progress. Personally, I have been inspired. Good luck.

  37. I have been inspired by this because agriculture business is very important for development. So hope to share this with people in my country Burundi.

  38. The profitability….besides using maizeand sweet potato remains after harvesting, what other feeds do u use to ensure that u maintain the profitability of the business?

    1. thanks You Baalmart, one cant survive on only those, silver fish or soya have to be considered for protein, cotton seed cake, sunflower, vitamin premix, salt..all in different portions

    1. yes Paul, one of the biggest hindrances is capital, starting small is advisable, starting with one male and female pig, can enable one end the year with about 20 pigs.Other options for capital are family and friends. With a great idea, passion, commitment and focus, family would pitch in for every one. There are also Government youth loans

  39. it is a great Project …I have one opinion. I think it will give you more opportunity if you link your organization with different broadcasts and social medias. Have you come across that?

    1. The Camborough 22 breed has all the qualities a farmer needs, Excellent growth rate and feed efficiency,Low backfat levels and high lean content,
      High feed intakes/coversion

  40. @Emma how to u intend to cut feeding expenditure
    Cause it in most cases increases production costs
    Yet market prices dnt shoot up

    1. that remains a puzzle, William, keeping our cost of production is crucial..but try to stock as much maize during the harvest season….It is milled during the hard days, for maize bran at the farm…Maize bran accounts for the largest proportion of the feeds

    1. The truth be told, very few pig farmers do large scale production. there is little competition in this sector. we always try to learn from other pig farmers all over the globe to know the best practices to keep us relevant in the market

  41. It would be interesting to see how the systems you have in place scale with the size of the farm; there is a potential pitfall with relaxing the standards as the farm expands.
    But wonderful initiative nevertheless.

  42. This young man’s approach to youth development is commendable. In my 24 years of research on social policy, I haven’t seen this implementation in many countries.
    Kudos young man .

  43. Allez allez monsieur! Ca c’est terrifiquè.
    ils n’ya pas les plus inciativè de jeunesse en Afrique.

    1. we try as much as possible to have the lowest cost of production, this is enabled by the innovation, in conjunction with impeccable record keeping to keep track of the whole production process

  44. How will exotic breeds adapt to the living environment of your area? You should look into that some more.

  45. My name is Jones from Kenya if I want to visit the farm is it possible. My email address is.
    mute203@gmail

  46. Emmanuel, I like the fact that you’ve broken down the costs, showing the whole plan for the project. And the technologies you are using, such as I.M.O is worth it. Great job you are already doing in your community. Keep it up. To me, you already are a winner transforming the piggery landscape in Uganda. Good job.

  47. Getting/identifying quality breeds is still a big challenge in my home district(Katakwi in Uganda). I loved the article but their exists challenges on ground . I will try to follow sam of the given tips . thanks Luyinda

  48. I have seen many doing commercial pig farming/rearing and the rewards are really great! Extremely.

    So, I have faith this is a rewarding business idea that can be scaled up with ease.

  49. This is a sensational piece Emmanuel. Really proud of you. This has the potential to be such a beneficial initiative and we genuinely hope it can be an eye opener for the piggery industry in the country as a whole. I personally hope to work with you in this and even more importantly, pick a leaf on innovative forms of piggery as is obviously the case with this project. All the very best!

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