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
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517 thoughts on “YAP Proposal #344: Piggery for prosperity (Emmanuel Luyinda, Uganda)”
Piggery is Pink Gold
This is nice project am looking forward to also borrow a leaf.
Morris, any time as long as you have the time. This is about youth buillding youth. Thank you
any time brother
In deed this a great project…what is the selection criteria for the youth?
what is the selection criteria for the youth?
james and janette, no selection criteria per se, we try to embrace those that show the interest and passion
simply the best
Thanks Areeba for the encouragement. I need to learn from you too.
This is really great. Very inspirational
Mr. Muganga, Thanks for the encouragement. Youth supporting youth is the drill. look forward to more advice form you
Thank you sir, look forward to supporting each other.
bruno how far with yr piggery project
Meat to meet our basic needs, thumbs up for Emanuel the agropreneur.
hello Sir, i thank you for the support. Any advice on housing from an engineer’s point of view?
That is a great slogan
Thanks. sir, look forward. to having this done
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???
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.
Businge, hay is made by farmers in Uganda
Henry, like Kirotich answered, hay is just made by the farmers, just like silage
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.
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
Why the name pink Gold? quite interesting
janette, Pink because of their colour, and gold to depict how lucrative the trade is
this is great
i lv the work. we should get in touch so that we can share ideas. heres my emai. firstname.lastname@example.org
Im also interested in learning more
Hello Dr. Kibuuka, i will share on email soon
I’m curious to know how big the market is in Uganda…
the total addresable market for pork is bigger than 8m USD per year
But isn’t a profit of 1800 dollars too small for a year!
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
Pink Gold, what a cool name
Thanks James, We have to creative to inspire more Youth
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
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
This is very good. I like. How can I get in touch with you
What are the best breeds of pig one can rare ?
And how much is each piglet ?
I am starting a piggery very soon.
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Thanks Melrey for the recommendation. Agriculture is the new “OIL”
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
Thanks david, Indeed diversity is the way to go?
Hello David, I am grateful. Diversity is the way to go.
Yes David, i totally agree with you.after establishing and growing in one’s business, one can think of diversifying…
food security is important..great idea
We aim at curbing food insecurity..Thanks Oscar, any advice on financials?
as long the idea gets scaled. with tonnes and tonnes of production. all we be covered. my friend, im not that good at financials
Oscar, scaling our production is the major reason we seek this form of support
Yes Gavamukulya…Im sure we shall get this working. any ideas on mentoring the youth more?
Mr. gavamukulya…any advice based on experience?
idea is great,,any ideas on execution plan?
Dr. Omoro, we aim at partnering with necessary stakeholders to guide more as well as help in our execution
This is a great idea. Have had interest in these Efficient piggery techniques and would love to know more.
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..
YAP Project #344. I am Ugandan and would like to ask Mr. Luyinda how the Indigenous Micro Organism (IMO) works.
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
Thank you so much for that YAP Project #344
Muwulya, im grateful sir, any more questions?
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.
hello Sevume, thanks for the support, looking forward to answering any questions. i welcome all advice too
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
Thanks derek, this is all about youth supporting youth
thanks joseph, looking forward to any advice or questions
How about we schedule a visit to Village Pork
cant wait to welcome me you sir
Can you facilitate a visit from Kenya?
Great idea. keep educating and empowering the youth with necessary skills to better their lives. And am coming for that pork
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?
way to go boss
Thanks man. Im sure you want to comment on health for the animals. any advice?
You have changed the way i look at piggery. I like your passion
Thank man. any more advice on resource allocation on such a project?
Great knowledge right there Emma! It’s worth sharing
Thank you Mr. ssenyonjo. I welcome all the advice..any advice based on your global experience?
Emma I am really impressed with your proposal. Its wonderful.
How do I get you? I need your help. Thank you
Thanks Sir. I’ve seen the email. Im going to reply ASAP. Thanks once again
This is good stuff.
thanks man. Any more questions or advice?
This will be a great initiative!
Thanks Wairimu, any more advice on youth empowerement?
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
Thanks Dennis, i will share all the information. Just prepare to start.
Very inspirational, want to do piggery myself.
Thanks Andrew., clearly this idea will turn into a pork brand, and need an auditor like you..any advice at this stage?
Good community initiative boss
Thanks rogers, we need to change the face of farming in Uganda
This is good. Would love to receive training when this project takes off. Ron
Mr. Lutaaya, thank you for the encouragement. Im ready to help each other. Any advice on biogas for energy on this project?
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
Nicky, i understand what you are going through. what are your major challenges.? Ours is still the fluctuating feeds cost and poor quality feeds on the market
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by the way, any advice too is welcome?
This is an interesting project and am glad you are providing employment
Thanks Gombya..Youth empowering youth. im sure you have some from your global experience. please pass it on.??
Its an articulately presented project that seems financially feasible and economically viable.
thanks man..any point to work on?
It is one of the projects that can change our community
thanks brian, if every man swept his doorstep, the whole world will be clean. One community at a time. any more advice?
very impressive making me hungry
hheheh, patrick..be hungry not. You will be served with mouthwatering fresh pork one day
good work #impressive
Great stuff indeed. Very inspirational
mr. Muganga, thanks man.
A good way to empower the community. All the best in this endeavour.
hello Mr. Nkaka, thanks for the support. any way we could promote pig farming with skits?
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
Patrick, i like your thoughts on a production. that would reach out to so many youth. lets get this jumpstarted
Great initiative for the agricultural sector especially creating opportunities to empower the Ugandan youth population.
hello Sherina, thanks. any advice on sanitation matters, your sector of expertise?
True, this is a locally contextual and scalable solution….
What an Idea
Thanks mizan, any advice based on what you have seen in Ethiopia?
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
Thanks David. all advice is welcome.
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.
Thanks Mr. katabalwa, any more advice is welcome
A business that wants to grow along with the community it finds itself in.Thats what I find special about Village Pork (U) Ltd
thanks mr. matendo, looking forward to all advice
Impressive project to support the youth.
thanks Abel, im grateful
Very nice idea
Thanks simon. looking forward to collaboration
You show passion in this story and thats all you need. Good luck!
thanks allan. I will make this a reality
You show great passion for this my friend l. Goodluck!
Thanks agumya. Youth developing youth
That’s the way to go brother, in our uganda today.plz get us your contacts for business.
Thanks Aaron. let me hit you up soon
You show great passion my friend. Goodluck!
You show passion.Good luck
A caring heart will always be rewarded # Thanks for this project ; best of luck in all your endeavors. I support you
thanks for the quote sir, from your experience, any advice on implementation
Just wow, Emmanuel.
I am touched, I would love to pay a visit to your farm.
Is it okay?!
apora, currently under the swine fever quarantine, its soon ending and you are most welcome
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.
Oh Fred, thanks for the advice. contact me on email@example.com…my phones have temporary issues
Mr. Luyinda thanks for the project proposal. Do the youths pay a fee when they come to learn about piggery farming?
Thanks Tabaro. The visits to the farm are free. Thats our how we give back to the community.
Impressive!! I like
thanks David. Im grateful.
Great idea. Such change the world into a better place
Thanks Dr. bayo, We ought to take a step to change our world. any advice on implementation
Very good way to create jobs and raise income. Way to empower the youth.. big ups
Thanks you James. Any way we could help more youth
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!
hey madam christine, skills development is in deed crucial. Thanks for the encouragement
This is good. East Africa can feed Africa
Thank you Mr. Tumusiime, in deed East Africa to feed Africa. Any advice or question? we need to learn from each other
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
ohhh Businge, feeding costs are a pain. We need to find ways to calculate every feeding rations
This is a very well thought out project… Implementation also looks very possible.
Thanks alot. any advice is all welcome
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
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
Very impressive …ideas this brilliant are what drive development…thumbs up
Thanks Mr. Mugabi gabriel..looking forward to more advice
Good project Emma, keep it up
Thank you Adrian for the support. .
Thumbs up Emmanuel. Wish you all the best. I’ll pay you a visit soon.
oh brother, thanks for the support feel free.
Am honoured that you have taken this direction, and am 100% it won’t fail you.
Thanks Mr. Arike Patrick. Hope to get more advice from you
brilliant ideas…very developmental..thumbs up
Thanks gabriel, looking forward to the support
“Stay Hungry..Stay Foolish” #InsanelyGreat
Thanks Steven, I hope one day my dots will connect.
hell thanks Lazarus. any more financial advice based on your background?
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
Thanks You sir, any advice on marketing of farm products?
Thank you! Help more wanting youth to keep their hopes alive. Account me among your online beneficiaries.
Thanks david, i like the term “Online beneficiaries”
im also an online beneficiary. any help?
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
hello Mr. Otai, thanks for the advice brother. indeed integration is crucial…any more advice on this integration?
the pig faecal matter will make great manure for vegetables,which are also selling like hot cake in our local markets
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
Very encouraging. Wishing u all the best.
Thanks Mbabazi for the support. Pigs are Pink Gold
Thanks Mr. Atwiine Raymond, i like the encouragement. will need more advice on marketing the pork better. looking forward to your advice
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
Thanks Faith, i look forward to more learning from your kenyan farmers too, We aim at East Africa, feeding Africa
Thank You Yusuf
Well done Emmanuel. I think this is a very very good project. I want to borrow a leaf from it. Very good ideas.
Thanks Dr. Munana, This is about Youth empowering Youth. looking forward to helping each other
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:firstname.lastname@example.org.
Great great idea emma
Thanks Tom, Exotic breeds are the money makers. Let me keep in touch Sir
!Great idea Emma,! Been in pig farming too but mainly rearing indegenous breed!! Hope we can share more! Omast464@gmail.com is my email
thanks you Tom, exotic breeds are the money makers
this is a no brainer, exotic beats local
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???
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.
What does Village pork farm do with all the pigs that remain in the farm as only half is given to youth?
the remainders are raised for slaughter for the market. This is to sustain the bussiness
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….
Thanks kakel, in the long run, A union is the deal. when all those trained unite to make a pig farmers union. I strive to a leader in piggery business in East africa
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…
thanks Kakel, i like this comment, based on your experience. Im looking into that. I have done my part, im now trying to partner with the institutions soon
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…
kakel, i’m trying to contact the vets at the national breeding center to find out if they have superior pig semen. thanks again
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…
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
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
Thanks Billy, i will keep in touch to share notes on this subject
Hi Emma, fantastic idea! So how are u managing the feeds supply? I imagine it’s hard to finance and sustain.
feed costs are a pain, we try t o store tonnes of maize during the harvest season..we use that in the hard days
I could borrow a leaf and use the same methods on my Farm. Luyinda! Very impressive. We need to talk.
Mr. Bogere, we need to share more on this subject
this is greaqt i need a copy too
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.
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
Emmanuel do u grow the sweet potatos and maize yourself or you buy from other farmers
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
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.
Thanks Reginald, I’m ready for that.
Emmanuel with these I.M.O’s, how often do u clean the stys
thanks Moses, with IMO, you just sprinkle the diluted IMO fluid in the sty..no need for cleaning, as seen in the picture.
Thats great bro…keep up the spirit.
Thanks Ronald for the support
This is the best idea so far I have come across.
When are you opening a branch in Kenya?
James, i like the optimism, but not yet brother. thanks man
Definitely, this needs to be scaled to Kenya as well
Emma im now waiting for pork at a local kafunda . Looking forward to having the lean one Next tym kajjambo. Anti wkend
Kajambo sebbo Lianda( wave wave wave,Mr. lianda), indeed thats where i should be headed someday…with home delivery
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
thanks Didas, thanks for the appreciation.
Can soya subsitiute silver fish in the feeds?
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
Good initiative. What materials do you use to incorporate the IMO?
thanks elizabeth, the IMO, is basically fermented rice soup, or sweatpotato soup….its the bacteria fermented in their that does the magic of the IMO technology
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 .
Thanks Jessica, in deed you should get back to your garden(gold mine)
A very inspiring self-sustainable project!!!!. I’d love to be part of it & all the best with it.
Thanks Mr. Eputai. looking forward to that
Do you have a training manual and Are you assured of the market return?
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
What is your Serviceable obtainable market?
Yes.,, keep up. Your approach helped me re think my piggery bussiness when you visited my farm
Thanks Kakel for the support
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!!!
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.
thanks Dr. Kalyesubula. i look forward to more veterinary advice, sir
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.
Thanks Mary, This is about Youth building Youth
This is a brilliant business plan.I like the fact that it is coupled with practical experience
harold, the man has a great plan..i wonder if he is willing to execute?
Am a young Gambian but m inspired wit your dis wonderful initiative
ehh, A gambian appreciating you Emmanuel, Take this to reality
this is incredible
im from kenya, i also endorse
Am a young Gambian but m inspired wit your dis wonderful initiative….
Gambia, or Ugand or kenya,,we are all africa, not so?
oh some one from Gambia has endorsed, Jimba, how is piggery in gambia, and farming as a whole?
any insights on the sector in Gambia?
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.
carmel, i would like to know about piggery in burundi, any detail?u
With all your support. This will be the game-changing strategy for my community
This is sensational, I hope you’ll accommodate study tours
im also interested in a visit,,,any help?
Amazing initiative… I really like it….
i agree with you too
great idea,,before i endorse. any pork for me?
Great, thumbs up for you brother
Go ahead blood, wish you well!
Emmanuel can’t you get cheaper breeds as 300 dollars seems alot
Moses, im also of the opinion that 300 dollars is a bit expensive
for the 5 year plan, that is cheap. because you get assured quality
the 300 dollars looks expensive, but a great step in the long run, when you have great pig genetics at the farm
Yin do the breeds give high quality meat cause its one thing teaching people and another producing marketable sustainable quality
the quality of the breed is undoubted, they are moneymakers.
Do you provide like services to the people you train. Okay like recommendations for good vets.
yes Moses, we have some good vets we can recommend, as well as quality feeds suppliers
That’s a really great idea Emmanuel.Keep up.
Thank you linda
A project with very high potential! Congratulations for the good work
Thank You, Madam Maina
Is the methodology plastic enough to be used for different animal husbandry?
this is great,,can other animals be tested on this method?
The IMO technology is more feasible with pigs
for other animals, i think other innovative solutions have to be adopted
How much of the market share is Village Pork planning to take and in how long?
we aim at a 25% market share in the next 5 years. Since the sector is so big, 25% will be a great and reasonable market share by that time
Have you carried out any formalisation procedures for the business.What type of entity is Village Pork?
great question harold, could he expound more?
thanks James, A limited liability company, limited by shares..with founders, directors and a board
this is a limited liability company
How much of your in puts are imported?
What plans do you have to reduce these imported in puts
we try as much as possible to use local products..the importation of agromaterials is a whole complicated business with many licences and permits required.
How do you intend to support other business,in other agripreneurship sectors managed by the youth?
Harold has a point, should the other youth be left out?
no other youth can’t be left out, but resource restraints limit us
hope with strategic partnerships the other youth in other sectors can also be helped
What are the biggest challenges in this line of business
Thanks Harold, the biggest challenges, are flactuating feed costs and poor quality feeds on the market. feeding accounts for about 70-85% of the production costs
wow this is inspiring. . keep it up Emma
Thanks Marvin, any advise on veterinary pharmaceuticals?
@Marvin,is there any human concern with regard to drug resistance stemming from antibiotic in the animals?
What you’re doing is great.
Tisha, i”m in full support too for this man
Thanks Tisha, we try our best
Thanks Mr. Maseruka, i also take inspiration from your artistic works
Good luck bro. This has a bright future. Perfect concept!
Yes Baalmart, perfect concept. the concept is in HD, working hard on a reality in HD and not black and white
Very innovative … Great work . We move on into the future looking forward to great things.
Thank You, Shaka, one step at a time
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?
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
What do you feed them on?
maize bran for carbohydrates,silver fish or soya have to be considered for protein, cotton seed cake, sunflower, vitamin premix, salt..all in different portions
Do you have any alternate feeds?
alternative feeds are fodder crops,
How is the market?
the market for pork is very big in Uganda, and East Africa. The demand is so great that meat processing companies import pork from brazil, china, india etc
Any hopes of processing pork in the near future?
we look forward to all forms of value addition in the future
How much is a kilo of pork on average?
im also wondering, how much is a kilo of pork in Uganda?
the kilo of pork on average is about 7500shs,(about 2 USD)
how much is it in your country?
Luyinda ur idea is very instrumental to community poverty eradication. Go boy the sky is the limit.
Andrew, the man has a plan, but will it see the light of day?
Thanks You Dr. Matovu. the sky is the limit
Emmanuel, if I may, how can the youth get involved in such projects?
more of how many youth will be impacted
thanks Dr. Omoro, at least 50 youth will be directly impacted, with more 100 trained modern piggery skills, and many helped to start their own farms
Youth can get involved once they decide first to embrace farming as a business. they are trained, then join the trade
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One of the biggest hindrances people face is starting capital, how would you advise on starting something of the sort?
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
wow it is an innovative ideas to support the youth
Innovative, is it feasible?
innovative solutions are key in changing this world, Thanks Tamrat
it is an awesome project and I wish you to grow and help the youth in Uganda
Tamrat,,this should be even beyond Uganda,,man should keep his dreams big
Thanks Tamrat, any advice from your country, Ethiopia
what is your thoughts to expand beyond Uganda to East Africa
Thats our dream at Village Pork (U) limited. although we shall take necessary strategic expansion steps.
we dream of feeding africa with pork. though we need to first cover our community. one step at a time
have you considered going mechanized?
mechanisation is the way to go..Emma think about it
hello Mr. nasasira, mechanisation is the 5 year plan. as for now, we have to expand in bits
do you have a mechanised system?
What is your long term plan?
hello tamrat, the long term plan is a farmers union, a large pig farm complete with a pork processing plant.
Do you have to import the semen from Netherlands?
i hope to find cheaper options. though the imported semen will greatly improve the genetics of the breeds we keep
and before I forget, how can we get a taste of the products; is it retail or whole sale?
i also want to taste this lean meat
we still at a business to business level. more of wholesale..as we grow, we shall be able to reach you directly.
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?
Tamrat, you have great advice for the young man there
social media is indeed the way to go, i’m trying to contact some youth with expertise in this sector
A great project
I concur with you roger, this is a great project
great project, hope the young man keeps focused. Have you though of equity funding?
Thanks Dr. Omoro, we still trying to grow organically before we seek external funding.
Thanks You Rogers, hope to leverage on the rwandan market too
Which breeds do u think r best to keep in ug
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
Can u give us directions to that place?
we are based in zziru village, Wakiso
@Emma how to u intend to cut feeding expenditure
Cause it in most cases increases production costs
Yet market prices dnt shoot up
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
You have got a big dream for the project
big dreams with a great plan
how do you handle competition
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
I love the project and passion you have for piggery and agriculture
Thanks You Patrick. farming is the new oil
Thank You Patrick, Piggery is Pink gold
Is this project workable in an urban setting
with the odourless pig sties coupled with less space requirements, this is also practical in an urban setting
Brilliant concept. How do the youth who want to benefit from your mentor-ship get access to you?
thanks Rasheed, we trying out a social media campaign to mentor more youth, physically and online.
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.
we shall try to scale appropriately.
Inspiring stuff. Great plan. Endeavor to follow through
thanks you Mark
Is there an alternative to silver fish as the feeds?
soya will be the protein subsitite
Emma, I wanna know what health concerns are associated with pig farming in UG?
the health concerns are leptosporosis for humans, but very rare.
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How do you handle competition from big players like “Farmer’s Choice”
at this stage, we are supplying the processors, so they are not our competitiors for now
What pig breed do you mainly stock?
we stock the camborough breeds. What breeds are great for Kenya?
How long do the piglets take to grow?
six months to reach slaughter weight..how long for yours in Kenya?
How many boars can fit in the housing structure?
housing depends on the number of boars you intend to raise. but 3*3m could do for 2 mature boars
Whats the size of structure.
structure is varied. How many are you looking at?
This sounds amazing I like your enterprenurial spirit and I would like to implement it in Kenya as well
as a farmer in Kenya,any advice
go to the facebook page, PIG FARMERS KENYA, there is great advice
Any thoughts on Swine Flu?
oh. Swine flu is terrible. can clear the entire farm, but with great biosecurity measures, this may not worry you
Hi Emma, what are some challenges you face as a pig farmer in Uganda?
the biggest challenge is feeds costs, feeds quality
what of the muslim youths?
that a tricky question, but just know muslims in Morroco raise pigs for the pork for the tourists
for business sense, there are no religion restrictions
Do you sale in Wholesale?
for now our options are limited to wholesale. do you want retail?
How much do you sell a kilo of Pork?
how much do i need to start my own similar project
How is pig farming sector in East Africa?
how is the sector in east africa
How many pigs fit in an acre?
Obalim boss, You want to build a pig sty, the size of an acre?
how is the sector in africa
the sector is big for africa too. uganda was the leading consumer per capita in 2014, with 3.4kg/person/annum(FAO 2014)
do you have slaughter houses
no, not yet..we take to the licenced slaughter house
How good is Soya for nutrition?
soya can make a good source of protein, but you need to roast it before you feed it to the animals
I would like to visit your pig farm from Kenya. Is that possible?
hey will keep in touch to make this possible. Is that fine with you?
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 .
thank You Odong, for the encouragement…any insight from social policy?
Also, I would like to know how you handle suppliers?
suppliers are okay once you show credibility
is the business eco friendly
Linda, we care for the environment.
Have you thought of combining poultry with pig farming?
we in piggery, we prefer to become a brand in the pork sector. poultry has its visionaries too
is there a water source at the farm?
yes there is a near water source at the farm
do you harvest rain water?
yes we harvest part of the water used at the farm
what is the slaughter weight?
slaughter weight is about 110 kgs live weight and about 95kgs carcass weight
do you have business plan?
yes Quetin, the business plan is there…Should i email you a copy?
How big is your sector?
the sector is vast . with great potential. we import alot of pork. we want to plug the pork deficit in Uganda. Total addressable market is above 8m USD
at what age do you wean?
the weaning is done at 28 days. and what time do wean in kenya?
How you thought of Swine Fever?
Swine Fever is a great threat. farms have been wiped clean.
how is the competition in Uganda?
Do you have a water source at the farm?
yes water is not a major issue at the farm
Which antibiotics do you use Mr Luyinda
is there a firm handling your bookkeeping?
Thanks Quentin, We are still so small for that. Ernst&Young has spoilt you. you are looking for clients, even small fish like us. could you offer probono services?
how many workers does a farm need?
with the IMO techology, less labour needed..hence one worker for every 50 animals, could even cover up to 80 animals
Do you follow animal rights?
yes we do follow animal rights..any specific ones for pigs?
Do you have access to a laboratory?
we do have acces to the national livestock labaroties
whats the water consumption for a pig farm?
water is greatly needed . they are heavy drinkers. we have a near by water source
any cheap feeding formulae?
feeding formula would require an entire day to discuss. just cater for proteins,carbohydrates,vitamins,minerals, and mainly water
Which feeding formula do you use?
how much is startup capital?
solomon, this is a tough question. depends on many factors. any insight on how much you have?
Have you thought of modern organic pork production?
We try to be organic. any more advice?
the organic way is what we incorporate to a great exent. any more advice?
how many piglets can one mature female pig produce?
Linda, this greatly deepends on many factors, but about 8-14 averagely
i also need to know
How do local pig breeds compare to exotic pigs?
the local breeds dont fare well as compared to the exotic pigs. they do poorly in matters such as growth rate, feed conversation rate,,etc
in 10 years to come, how many pigs do you see having approximately?
i would prefer an estimate for 3 years, 2000 pigs every six months. is this satsifactory?
what are the profits ?
Odong, You seem to have tough questions. profits for what?
profits depend on how you start, you start big you earn big
any advice for youth without capital?
Thanks You. This is great puzzle for all youth. There are government youth funds to help them,,but still many can afford a male and female piglet to start their farms
Incredible stuff happening over there. Keep the good work up.
thanks you nancy, any social media marketing tips?
Allez allez monsieur! Ca c’est terrifiquè.
ils n’ya pas les plus inciativè de jeunesse en Afrique.
merci beacoup Monsieur Dombula, je espere que, je gagne l’argent (Grant) pour utilise dan le projet
dombula, cant you use advice further.?
thank you thats all i can say
What measures do u have to further develop your product further to beat other suppliers’ prices?
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
hey Nuna, any advice on this?. You seem to have insight?
How will exotic breeds adapt to the living environment of your area? You should look into that some more.
thank You Asha
the exotic breeds chosen have been tested before in our local equatorial climate. they will adapt like they have done before
what is the biggest challenge you face as pig farmer?
Thank you for the great idea. I support you. Keep it up.
Seems like a good initiative.
Very courageous youth work here.
Emma aren’t your exotic breeds prone to diseases? Whats your control?
Good project man
Very good idea Emmanuel I will definately participate at some stage.
Great project. Forza!
May I know the breeds you are using and where you are getting them from?
My name is Jones from Kenya if I want to visit the farm is it possible. My email address is.
Brilliant ideas, Nice work bro
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.
Truly inspiring to us the youth to invest in agriculture
YES eMMANUEL , I SEE A SUCCESS AND A BOAST TO THE AGRO PROCESSING INDUSTRIES IN UGANDA. WELL DONE.
At Luyinda i still have some questions basically on the magnitude of the disease risks and how feeding costs can be lowered.
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
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.
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!
*Let me know when I can visit!